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MU gets rallied up over budget cuts LAURA MAGINLEY Assoc. News Editor

DANIELLE KREIDER/ SNAPPER The Marauder statue is supporting the Millerville “FIGHT” shirt, in support of the MU rally. Students can buy these shirts for $5.

Dozens upon dozens of curious Millersville University students and faculty made their way to the Student Memorial Center last Thursday afternoon for the “Back to the Future Rally” organized by Millersville’s Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF) office. Approximately 60 onlookers listened to various speakers take a stand against the proposed budget cuts and profess that now is the time for action. Ryan Davies, a senior Philosophy major, brought physical copies of his Millersville tuition bill from his first and last semester here with an outstanding $1200 difference. “They each look the same, they have the same number of words and are printed on the same lame paper. However, there is one huge difference,” Davies said about the price difference. Starting off the rally was Dr. Chuck Ward, chair of the philosophy department on campus. After getting the crowd pumped up with a cheer, he explained the meaning behind the posters that have been publicized with the rally. If the budget cuts progress, Millersville will have the same funding that it did back in 1989, which essentially has brought the University “back to the future.” Members of the track team were also present at the rally, sporting t-shirts that read “FIGHT” on the front and “MILLERSVILLE” on the back. These shirts were for sale so that

KEVIN KAISER/ SNAPPER Concerned Millersville students and faculty flocked to the Student Memorial Center to openly show their disgust for the proposed budget cuts by Governor Corbett. additional Millersville students and others could purchase them to support the cause. The new Marauder statue that arrived during Homecoming weekend also sported one of these bright orange t-shirts for all to see. An event similar to this one was held last year for the same reason: to bring awareness. “We want to raise the awareness of students on campus on what they can personally do to help fight the cut to the PASSHE budget, which is to contact their legislators,” said Dr. Daniel Keefer, chair of the APSCUF Mobilization Committee. Also at the meeting was a table set up to help students

from Pennsylvania locate their home legislatures and write a short note to them regarding their concerns. The postcards and postage were provided by APSCUF. After the rally, everyone moved up to the stadium where alumni with the Coalition to Rescue or Sports (CROS) and students claimed that the University would not save as much money with the cuts as it claimed. They also expressed that the University failed to consider an alumni proposal to fund the programs. CROS proposed to keep the teams, but to have them go to fewer meets and change men

and women’s indoor track to a club sport. This past Wednesday, March 28, the rally took one step further and follows in last year’s footsteps to the Capital at Harrisburg. Students across the entire PASSHE system were in attendance at the rally, which took place at 11 A.M. While students of Millersville rode comfortably on buses to the Capital, the Track Team will be leaving extra early in order to make the 100 mile journey with Lock Haven's team to Harrisburg. Lock Haven University has dubbed this effort "100 to stay funded."

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Oh no, Maggie’s Facebook got hacked! This scenario could happen to anyone. Most of the time, it is something harmless like a status update that was changed by a friend when Facebook is left up in the lab. Everyone has a good laugh; Maggie changes her Facebook status back and continues on with her day.

Now replace Facebook with a database full of patient information in a hospital network. This database includes patient social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, medication, and other sensitive information. For information security personnel responsible for these networks, it is not a laughing matter. Information security is a rapidly growing field and currently underemployed. There are simply not enough people in this field to keep the country’s

data safe. Events like the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) help employers find those much needed personnel. The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) offers a learning experience like no other, which cannot be obtained through a classroom. The competition lasts for two days back to back from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Students will have to defend their network against a team of professional hackers from


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compromising their network and information. The competition is scored like golf, in which gaining points is bad. The teams are scored by service up-time, injects and security. The hackers use various tools and gain experience to destroy the student’s networks and cause as much mayhem as possible. The competition is designed to have the odds stacked against student teams and make this the toughest and most grueling game they have ever played. The competition will test the team’s technological skills, team work, stress management, and ability to adapt to a new network. They also added business aspects to the game to make the competition more real. There are CEO and business injects that must be performed throughout the course of the event. When everything is working those injects are trivial, but when everything is down it is a completely different game. Every team will fail and have their networks compromised. This competition is about how the teams will recover and handle the stress under fire. Not only is the competition a great way to earn bragging rights, but it offers many networking and employment opportunities. The MACCDC hosts

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Sophomore Noah Morris, is creating three wooden sculptures as part of a 6 month independent study project. This site is located outside of Breidenstine Hall. He uses a bronze ax or adze head, a bronze chisel and several specialized homemade iron tools.

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Student Senate Recaps BECCA DEVERTER Senate Member

March 12, 2012 at 7:55 A.M. A false fire alarm was reported in Hull Hall. A report was filed. March 13, 2012 at 5:25 P.M. A child/family offense was reported in Pucillo gym. It was a family dispute over a minor while on campus. The civil issue is under investigation. A parent alleged that the minor’s mother did not supervise the child, who received a sports related injury on a treadmill. March 16, 2012 at 4:57 P.M. Erin Sweigart received a citation for a traffic violation; it was a Do Not Enter sign violation on Shenks Lane. March 18, 2012 at 5:58 P.M. A skateboarding ordinance was violated on Cottage Ave. The subject was warned and issued a copy of the roller vehicle ordinance. March 19, 2012 at 7:40 P.M. A non-reportable three vehicle accident was reported on George St. Information was exchanged and a report was filed. March 20, 2012 at 5:00 P.M. A report of a rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was reported. The incident occurred off-campus at an unknown location. A report was filed. March 20, 2012 at 10:00 P.M. Suspicious persons and drug activity/marijuana use was reported at the pond area. Four subjects were stopped, all under the influence, but no substance was recovered. March 21, 2012 at 10:45 P.M. Narcotics use/marijuana was reported in the gazebo adjacent to the pond. Males and females were reported smoking a cigar that left a wood

burning smell in the area. The area was checked, but nothing was found. March 22, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. An MU id was found on N. Prince Street. The identification card was seized for safekeeping. March 22, 2012 at 7:38 P.M. The burglar alarm went off in Tanger House, and there was glass breakage in the basement. The building was checked, and no problems were reported. March 23, 2012 at 8:55 P.M. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the second floor of Harbold Hall. The odor of marijuana was detected, but authorities were unable to locate the source. March 23, 2012 at 9:12 P.M. A medical emergency was reported for heart problems in the lobby of Harbold Hall. An ambulance transported one male patient to Lancaster Regional Medical Center for evaluation. March 25, 2012 at 10:58 P.M. An odor of marijuana was reported on the second floor of Hull Hall. The odor was detected, but they were unable to locate the source. March 26, 2012 at 3:40 P.M. A fight/dispute was reported on E. Frederick Street. The incident was over a damaged phone, and minor injuries were sustained. March 26, 2012 at 5:11 P.M. Patrick Seyfried was issued citations and warnings for a traffic stop on Shenks Lane. He received a citation for having an expired inspection, and received two warnings for having no license on demand and no proof of insurance.

The Millersville Borough is currently looking for a student advisor. The student advisor’s duties are to attend the Borough meetings and then report any information back to the student body so that they will be aware of everything that is going on, keeping a close relationship between the University and the community we live in. March 22 saw the induction of two new members, Tyler Durante and Thomas Betchtel. Congratulations to the two of you! We are excited to see your ideas and contributions to the organization. March 28 brings the Council of Trustees meeting, which will be open to anyone in-

terested and will be held in the Lehr Conference room at 5 P.M. One of the sections that the Transformation Conversation will be discussing is the topic of Student Success; people are welcome to join Mrs. Michelle Perez

in the Galley on March 30 at 11:30 A.M. for lunch to talk about different perspectives of what student success is. Many thanks and congratulations go to David Loconsole, who will be representing Student Sen-

ate in the upcoming Mr. Millersville competition. On March 27 Student Senate will be hosting two “Cookie for Concerns� tables, located in Stayer and McComsey halls for students to be able to fill out surveys about various concerns they have around the University. Please come and let your voices be heard! Representatives from the Student Senate will be available at the tables from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. If you are unable to stop by either of these tables, feel free to contact the Student Senate at, or come by one of our meetings on Thursday nights at 6:30 P.M. in SMC room 118 and let your voice be heard.

Reflect and Connect series Women’s rights and roles discussed MARIA BARCOSKI News Writer On Wednesday, March 21, an intimate group met in the Ford Atrium at 5 P.M. to participate in March’s Reflect and Connect on Women’s Rights. This event was coordinated by Dr. Judy Halden-Sullivan and the discussion was facilitated by Dr. Karen Rice. The topic was chosen in celebration of National Women’s Month. The event was an open discussion: the participants sat in a circle, conversing honestly and openly about issues related to women’s rights, gender roles, and sexism. The group consisted of females only, which was not a requirement but led to a fascinating conversation between women across several generations who have met some

of the same challenges. The discussion began with a look into the childhoods of the participants. Each woman was allowed to talk as much as they wanted about certain gender roles they were expected to fit into and how their family and friends influenced their views of the roles of women. Even in society, there are social issues such as balancing motherhood with a career. As Dr. Halden-Sullivan said, “There is an openness to possibility‌ but there are still going to be some hard choices.â€? Dr. Karen Rice then guided the conversation into the media’s portrayal of women. She used articles from Readings for Diversity and Social Justice to facilitate discussion on how the media affects women’s body image and gender roles. Some of the participants discussed their daughters’ strug-

gles to fit into the mold, even with supportive parents. Although the discussion was female-dominant, Dr. Rice was clear that sexism is not only a female issue. The group discussed how men have gender roles that they are expected to fit as well and how that can be harmful. The issue is one of culture, and necessitates a shift in culture. After the discussion, Dr. Halden-Sullivan passed out a sheet of volunteer opportunities to connect the discussion to the community. The Reflect and Connect Series is produced by the Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change which works to connect students and faculty to research public issues. The next event will be on April 18 and will cover global and human rights.



Hazel I. Jackson Lecture: Terry McMillan, Best-Selling Author March 28, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. Pucillo Gymnasium On March 28, Millersville University will hold its annual Hazel I. Jackson Lecture, which will feature Terry McMillan, best-selling author, to present "Speaking from the Heart." McMillan graduated from UC-Berkeley and relocated to New York City, where she worked on her fiction with the New Renaissance Writers' Guild. Teacher Recruitment Day March 29, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Marauder Court, Student Memorial Center This job fair is for educators, students and alumni, and will be held from 9 A.M to 3 P.M. This in-person event typically brings more than 700 Teacher Candidates (from 11 Central PA Colleges) and more than 100 School Districts together to discuss employment opportunities. Earth Science Seminar Series: "Landscape Evolution in the Appalachian Mountains" March 29, 2012 at 4:30 P.M. Roddy Hall, Room 149 Dr. Frank Pazzaglia, of Lehigh University, will present the talk "Landscape Evolution in the Appalachian Mountains." The seminar is preceded by a social at 4 P.M. The Earth Sciences Department Seminar Series brings to campus leading scientists from universities, government agencies (NASA, NOAA, etc.) and private industry to speak on topics relevant to the Earth.

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March 29, 2012

Randi Zuckerberg: From NYC to Lancaster City LAURA MAGINLEY

Assoc. News Editor Known as “Mark Zuckerberg’s older sister,” Randi Zuckerberg has done more to pave her way to fame than just being a sibling of the CEO of Facebook. A select few public relations classes were invited to a question and answer setting with Facebook’s former Marketing Director, before her formal lecture in downtown Lancaster last Thursday night. Approximately 40 public relations students and a few professors joined Zuckerberg in the Ford Atrium at McComsey Hall to receive her insight on the latest news to hit the social media world, including Kony 2012 and Occupy Wallstreet. Zuckerberg came fully prepared for the diverse group of questions asked by the students, in addition to sporting a good attitude and smile for the entire duration. Having graduated from the prestigious Harvard University back in 2003 with a degree in Psychology, the transition to the marketing world seemed a bit off. “I’ve always loved advertising and business, but the closest area of study to that at Harvard was

Psychology,” said Zuckerberg. There were classes within the Psychology department that focused on the ‘psychology of business’ that related to her interests in advertising and marketing. Zuckerberg was also appointed to the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council. This council selects one issue to tackle each year with the help of social media. This year’s issue was to “End Malaria” through the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Social Media and the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors Commission on Innovation. When introducing new ideas to a company that may be apprehensive in the digital shift of social media, Zuckerberg suggests to “use baby steps and don’t dive in the deep end.” They should also have an open dialogue and a set end goal in mind. Most companies might also find it beneficial if their competitors are or are not currently utilizing social media platforms. Students voiced their concerns dealing with privacy on Facebook, especially specific companies that ask for passwords. Zuckerberg commented


ABOVE and BELOW: Randi Zuckerberg speaks at the Ford Atrium for public relations students. Dr. Thomas Boyle, chair of the communication and theatre department on campus sits next to Zuckerberg for the duration of the Q&A with students. by saying that she believes the issue is arising because companies are losing control of employees and are trying to gain it back. As “representatives” of a company, employees are told to watch what they post on the internet, but the company cannot directly monitor this without intervening. While the companies think they are doing the right thing, Zuckerberg says that instead there should be better education methods surrounding this issue. While social media focuses on the numbers of followers, tweets and friends, Zuckerberg explains that the primary center of attention should lie with the “right and best” engaged numbers. For instance, if a page has 100,000 friends but only 100 people are involved with the page, 100 is the important number. While there are many different social media websites, each individual site has their own unique strength. As far as live concerts and events, twitter is the place to post. This is because the

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site focuses on “real time.” Tweets tend to become lost over time. However, if someone is looking to establish a good brand for him or herself, Facebook is the best choice. Facebook uses an algorithm to post the news feed, which means that a posting may not be seen until the following day due to the process. When asked about the most recent news in the social media world, including Kony 2012 and Occupy Wallstreet, Zuckerberg had comments that related to the overall organization of these movements. “Studies always show that people don’t like to watch long videos on the internet, however people sat through this 30 minute long video,” she comments in regards to Kony 2012. She also notes that Invisible Children has been around for years, so the overall event could have been organized better in order to emit action. A student asked what could have been improved upon regarding Occupy Wallstreet, which Zuckerberg called a “disorganized

movement,” and that was the “billion dollar question.” She noted that the tools are all there, but the movement needs more focus. “We are at a unique point in history where we are all brands and are able to broadcast ourselves to the world and what we stand for,” explained Zuckerberg. No longer is there a need to wait for a television, newspaper or magazine fame, as each and every person can project who they are to the world using tweets, posts and other messages to broadcast themselves out loud without the wait. Zuckerberg closed on the fact that anything is possible for anybody, despite where a person comes from. She noted that her brother is “living the American dream,” as he came from a suburban middle class family and is now stimulating the economy with thousands of jobs and opportunities for people around the globe.

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a job fair with sponsors, where students can network and submit resumes to employers. Sponsors like Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Army Intelligence Security Command and other companies in the private and government sector were in attendance. They had the rare chance of being able to see employee hopefuls perform and display their skills. It is similar to scouts at a sports game and they are searching for the best talent to recruit. Every year the MACCDC has a theme for their event and this year the theme was health care. The story for this year’s competition was that the student teams were hired to replace an incompetent IT staff at a hospital. They had to jump into a completely new network and be able to secure whatever systems were on it and perform the du-

ties of an administrator. This year they even had physical medicine boxes containing patient “drugs� that could be controlled wirelessly and had a barcode scanner to authorize users. This meant more security vulnerabilities and yet another system on a long list to try to keep the hackers out of. Every system in the network was something that can be found in a hospital network. They also had an electronic medical record web application for doctors to access patient data. Millersville University’s Cyber Security Team was able to obtain first place in a tough qualifying round against other universities in their division. This earned them a spot in the 7th annual MACCDC in Baltimore Maryland. At the Mid-Atlantic CCDC they competed against seven other schools in the National CCDC in San Antonio, Texas.


Each team was given a medical dispensing box to protect.

The Millersville Cyber Security team came into the competition as underdogs because this was their first time ever competing, and they were the only school with no information security program. Everything learned was self-taught and selfdriven. The morning of the competition there was a feeling of anxiousness in the air and the pre-game butterflies started to fly in each member. The months and months of preparation were leading up to this point. As the minutes drew closer to game time the feeling of anxiousness grew greater. It was fight or flight for the Millersville Cyber Security Team and they worked too hard to go with the latter op-


TOP: The Millersville Cyber Security Team is being debriefed at the conclusion of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held in Baltimore, MD at Johns Hopkins University. BELOW: During the competition the team worked together to defend their network against hackers.

At that point they were able to gain control of the system and lock the team out. Later on one of the hackers tried to bribe Millersville for their pizza. The team decided to decline the bribe and continued to work with a computer down. Many teams were panicking and already started showing signs of breaking. Millersville was able to keep level headed and ended off the day in first place. Millersville had the lowest amount of compromised systems with only one, while second place had 7. That was partly due to that Millersville was one of the only teams that were able to properly configure their firewall. After a long day of competition Millersville was not ready to rest and continued to study and research upon arriving at their hotel rooms. Overnight, the hackers gained physical access to the computers and chaos ensued for the teams in the morning. Many machines were down, others were not able to log into, and some computers were actually switched around with other teams. The amount of stress during the second of the competition was certainly at a much higher level. Millersville was dealt a major blow with hardware failure. The hackers restarted and shutdown the server so many times that it caused it to overheat and die.

As other teams were starting up machines, Millersville’s network was still completely down. While the organizers worked on fixing the hardware malfunction the CEO inject part of the competition came into play. Millersville team captain, Travis Romero, had to report to the CEO and explain what had happened and why the network was down. It is two hours into the competition and the network was still down. Things were not looking good for Millersville. Even at this point of utter despair Millersville was working to get everything running and was not giving up that easily.

Eventually the competition organizers were able to fix the hardware problem and Millersville was back in the game. The team had a lot of work to do and had to regain some lost ground. The team was able to bounce back, but came in an overall second. Even though Millersville came in second they were still consistently in first place with service up time and they also had the lowest amount of connections to the hackers. It was a bittersweet loss for the Cyber Security Team. They were consistently in the lead for the majority of the competition,

but fell short right at the end. This was also their first time at the competition, and they were facing schools that have been there the previous year. They did really well for a rookie team. Since Millersville was doing so good there were a lot of sponsors taking notice. Right after the competition was over, a sponsor even offered the team internships. Second place is certainly a good start for this young team. The Millersville University Cyber Security team will ccontinue to work hard and come back with avengence next year.

tion. As the competition started, teams scrambled to their networks and started to secure their systems. Some teams had their power shut off to all of their systems in the beginning of the competition. Millersville secured the network enabled power strip before the hackers could have compromise it and start shutting off power. Within the first half of the day the hackers were able to compromise over 20 systems. Millersville had a battle with the hackers trying to compromise one of their Linux boxes. They were able to keep the hackers at bay until they called in reinforcements and had a second hacker team up on the box. PHOTO COURTESY OF JHUAPL.EDU

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At the conclusion of Day 1, the hackers were allowed physical access to the team’s network. Teams took physical security to another level by zip-tying their laptops shut to prevent the hackers from tampering with their systems.

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The World in Brief JetBlue flight diverted after captain's 'erratic' behavior A JetBlue flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday after the captain acted strangely, was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot and was wrestled to the ground by passengers, witnesses and authorities said. The plane's co-pilot, concerned by the "erratic" behavior, locked the door behind the captain when he left the cockpit during the flight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Girl, 12, beaten while neighbor films A man filmed a group of girls attacking a 12-year-old girl in his neighbor's garden, and told Providence, Rhode Island, police he thought it was a prank. Two of the girls have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, and two others have been charged with simple assault and conspiracy, said Providence Police Sgt. Matthew Ryan. Miss Universe pageant ousts transgender contestant A Canadian beauty pageant contestant who was disqualified when the Miss Universe Canada organizers discovered she was transgender is not ready to speak to reporters, a representative for the 6-foot-1-inch-tall blond model said Tuesday. Jenna Talackova was one of the 65 finalists selected to contend for the title of Miss Universe Canada and the honor of representing her country in the Miss Universe competition, but she will not be allowed to compete because organizers say Talackova lied about having undergone sexual reassignment surgery and did not meet requirements for the pageant. Prince Harry moves next door to Wills and Kate Britain's Prince Harry has moved into the same west London residence that his brother William set up home in with new wife Kate last year, CNN can reveal. Harry took a small apartment at Kensington Palace after moving out of the bedroom and study he occupies at nearby Clarence House - the home of his father, Prince Charles. New Orleans police officer resigns after post on Trayvon Martin A New Orleans police officer who posted an offensive comment online about slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin resigned on Tuesday. Superintendent Ronal Serpas accepted his resignation. "My responsibility to the people of New Orleans, as well as to the professional officers on this police force, demanded I take swift action in this matter. I have accepted Giroir's resignation, and believe it is in the best interest of this department and this city," Serpas said. Complied by Danielle Kreider and Laura Maginley

Volunteer Central goes “Into the streets” ZOEY MILLS News Writer Into the Streets, a student organization formed by Michigan State University in 1999, comes to Millersville this Saturday, March 31. Javita Thompson and Diane Fleishman shared some insight about the program. Millersville, starting its 8th year of service, joined the national program to become more aware and teamed up with several other colleges such as Elizabethtown and Franklin and Marshall. “It’s getting more difficult for students to participate. With several other admission activities, pledges and the student workers having prior engagements, our volunteers are almost cut in half,” said Thompson. Thompson and Fleishman stress the importance of helping the community and understanding what exactly is going on around Millersville and Lancaster, which is the goal of Into the Streets. Like last year, Millersville is traveling into Lancaster and surrounding areas to help clean the Mom’s House of Lancaster, Clare House, the Zion Retirement Community, and Trinity House Apartments. Volunteers will

seem to be coming in by the minute, whether group oriented or single volunteers. They welcome anyone who wishes to lend a helping hand for Into the Streets. “Not only will this event enhance a resume, but it will give the student a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering is a very special opportunity that no one should pass up,” Thompson said. “When you volunteer you become a part of the community and the smile and thank you receive when taking part should be more than a reason to join.” Unfortunately the deadline for registering has passed, but Diane Fleishman is happy to advertise that Career Services is holdPHOTO COURTESY OF MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY ing two events. On Monday, April clude “spring cleaning,” 2, “Get in the Game” is being mulching for parks, and plant- held at the Bedford House from ing gardens for numerous 10:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Free homes. hotdogs will be provided and Also, there are many activi- you can bring your resume to be ties that education majors pro- critiqued for free. vide for the children of the Also, on Tuesday, April 3 Circle K group, a community there will be a Job and Internservice group used to help chil- ship fair from 11 A.M. until 2 dren, such as an Easter egg P.M. located at the SMC. hunt. For more information about Despite last year’s setback these two events please visit of volunteers, Fleishman and Thompson are more than happy to announce that 65 students have volunteered and more

LAURA MAGINLEY Assoc. News Editor Similar to last year, Roger Bruszewski, Vice President for Finance and Administration, prepared a presentation regarding the proposed budget cuts for this upcoming school year in the SMC multipurpose room prior to Spring Break. The event, organized by Student Senate, brought out about two dozen concerned students to voice their worries over microphones to Bruszewski. The proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year calls for an additional 20% and the University would also be losing something called “Key 93.” “Key 93” allows for the repair of broken windows, roofs and other repair fees that pertain to the buildings around campus, which represents approximately $800,000 a year. Tuition fees have continued to go up over the past few years. However, statistics show that from 2009-2010, Obama’s stimulus dollars accounted for around $2.9 million that did save the University some pressure. If the proposed budget does come through, Millersville will have been cut $15 million since 2006. Comparable to an iPad or a new pair of Nike sneakers, these items are in the same general area as far as price with the 7.5% tuition increase that students experienced this past

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help with planting harvests and flowers for The Threshold Foundation of Lancaster in preparation for the fast approaching spring. The harvested vegetables not only help fund the program but also help feed the less fortunate. Some other activities in-

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KEVIN KAISER/ SNAPPER Roger Bruszewski gives a budget presentation surrounding the proposed cuts for the 2012-2013 school year at a meeting. year. “It is a relatively small increase and it’s happening nationwide. Our cost to go here is still below the national average,” explained Bruszewski. As the budget cuts continue to increase, the faculty and staff positions across campus are decreasing. There have been 10 temporary and part time faculty positions eliminated this year, along with 26 administration

and staff positions. While this is saving the University money, the remaining faculties have more pressure on their shoulders with larger class sizes. Currently, 64 administration and staff positions remain open, while there are 69 faculty positions vacant. “80 sections of classes are no longer offered,” said Bruszewski. A major concern on campus has been surrounding the recent

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KIKI CALLAWAY News Writer Many students at Millersville University and surrounding community are very familiar with an influential and prominent campus and community member. This person is recognized most commonly by her first name, but is professionally known as Professor Rita Wade-El Smith. Upon interviewing Rita, many questions came to mind pertaining to our campus, the importance of media in our daily lives and inquiries for some compelling facts about her. Ms. Rita Wade-El Smith is a Washington, D.C. native and can be found in the Psychology department in Byerly Hall here at Millersville University. When discussing with Rita her aspirations and path towards becoming a psychology and African American studies professor, she stated, “I decided I wanted a Ph.D when I was seven…” but mentioned that her first offer was an Aerospace Engineering Program. From there she ventured into Research Psychology, which at that time was Engineering Psychology. Through her various studies she noted, “While in college, I had a professor who taught a course in Black Psychology and that along with becomrenovations and where this money is coming from. The money is coming from a separate fund that cannot be applied to any other source on campus. For example, the money for the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) was not thought of during this economic crisis. The money has actually been waiting for the University to use over seven years ago. The funding for the library has been in place for six years. “I can’t use it for anything else,” explained Bruszewski. He also comments that they will need to find out how to fund the new library and VPAC. However, with the new renovations on campus, most of the buildings will be more energy efficient, which will help out during these complicated years. Sarah Darling, a senior and former Student Senate President, was also present at the meeting to discuss her position with the Board of Governors. She is one of three students within the

ing a founding member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Black Psychology fanned my interest in African American Studies.” Before gaining employment at Millersville University, Rita taught Pan African Studies and Women Studies for ten years at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After transferring her employment from Temple to our campus, Rita has not budged since. She exclaims that has been here for almost 30 years, and loves the fact that she can do so many innovative things. She has gained satisfaction while working with students and through the variety of activities she has been able to participate in. Being a professor has always been somewhat of a dream job for Rita; she stated, “I love learning and I never wanted to leave college.” Outside of the classroom, Ms. Rita Wade-El Smith can be found immersing herself in other activities and taking part in various organizations. She is an advisor to the NAACP College Chapter, is involved with Millersville University and the Lambda Gamma, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She serves on various departments, such as the School of Education and University-wide committee. She is the chair of the Frederick Douglass Black Culture Celebration, an active member on the Commission of Cultural Diversity, and the President of the Millersville Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI just to name a few. Without The Snapper, Rita noted that the campus environment would be much less informed, even amongst her belief that media is moving away from print. And just for kicks, it was asked of her to share something that many people may not know about her. She shared that she is actually very nice and helpful. And for those who have not taken a course with Rita, this is an important fact for you!

PASSHE system that is able to sit in on these meetings and vote on some of the important issues facing the budget cuts. The board controls the cost of tuition and the technology fee. “This is a very passionate time to know what students want to know,” explained Darling. Also present at the meeting was another student, Shane McGrady, who acts as a student representative for the Council of Trustees. One area that the Council controls is the cost of Room and Board on campus. “We vote on the proposed increase in the best interest of the students,” explained McGrady. McGrady also urged people to contact legislatures and to voice concerns to what the legislatures may not even realize. Be proactive and vote. For more information on the budget presentation, visit for all presentations.

Alumni proposal gets nixed DANIELLE KREIDER News Editor Millersville University announced a decision last Monday that baffled alumni. A Millersville University graduate offered to donate $300,000 as part of an alumni proposal to continue men’s track and crosscountry for three years while the alumni seek stable funding. Last Monday, alumni found out that the university had refused the offer. The would-be donor wishes to remain anonymous. He did not want to be recognized for this. Instead, he wanted to help a program that was “meaningful and helped shape him.”

The alumnus stated that he has made “substantial donations” to Millersville in the past, said he thinks the decision is a “slap in the face.” He was also displeased lately when he received a solicitation from Millersville to aid in sending students to Europe. "Here they are, on one hand, they want me to donate money to send students to Europe, and that's great. I've done that before," he said. "But they won't give money to the track team?" In response, Janet Kacskos said, "While we certainly understand the passion, interest and disappointment of the university's decision, the money offered is not a solution to the budget issues facing the univer-

sity as a whole." Numerous alumni that are in association with the Coalition to Rescue Our Sports, also referred to as CROS, introduced their proposed plan to Gerald Eckert, the university's Vice President of Institutional Advancement, on March 5. The plan calls for indoor track to be listed as a club. This is understandable since Millersville does not have the facilities for an indoor track program. The teams would also have to miss out on some meets to limit travel expenses. The alumni who are concerned with this plan said, “they're upset and don't feel they've been given honest answers.” CROS argues that the

men's programs cost $120,000 at most and perhaps less than $100,000 annually, not $200,000 like the university stated. They also debate the implication that the programs are not competitive. This issue is receiving a great deal of attention. There is even a Facebook page called “Save MU Sports” that is advocating for the programs' supporters to send letters to university trustees and politicians. Perhaps all these efforts will make a difference, but only time will tell.

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Trayvon’s parents take controversy to Capital Hill By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a packed forum on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the parents of Trayvon Martin found support among members of Congress who turned the death of their 17year-old's son into a rallying cry against racial profiling. Martin's parents spoke briefly before a Democrats-only congressional panel as cameras clicked noisily in front of them. Many in the crowd, which filled the seats and lined the walls, strained to catch a glimpse of the parents whose son was shot and killed Feb. 26 in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. "Trayvon was our son, but Trayvon is your son," Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, told the panel. "A lot of people can relate to our situation and it breaks their heart like it breaks our heart." Martin's father, Tracy Martin, thanked "everyone who is holding the legacy of Trayvon." "Trayvon is sadly missed and we will continue to fight for justice for him," said Tracy Martin, who wore a weary look. During the two-hour forum, the lawmakers and witnesses openly criticized the police investigation of the shooting and the failure of police to arrest the admitted shooter, George Zimmerman.

Those attending the hearing applauded the couple when Deborah Ramirez, a law professor at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, praised the parents' "dignity and grace in the face of this tragedy" and said they were an "inspiration to all." Zimmerman, 28, has said he acted in self-defense. Federal and state officials are investigating. "It is very important that we have independent eyes on this situation," said Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat whose district includes Sanford. "I am hoping we take this as a teachable moment. I am looking forward to how the Justice Department handles their independent investigation." At a news conference after the forum, Martin and Fulton renewed their calls for justice in their son's death. When asked whether he thought his son's death was a hate crime, Martin said: "Yes, I believe he was racially profiled." The family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, said racial profiling also was a factor in the way the police conducted their investigation. Several members of Congress have called for the case to be investigated as a hate crime. Another attorney for the Martin family, Daryl D. Parks, has said that statements from Department of Justice officials in


Trayvon Martin, 17-year-old student at Krop Senior High School was shot once in the chest by George Zimmerman, a member of the neighborhood watch after being attacked by Trayvon. The public has expressed their concern of racism. a meeting with Martin's parents make clear that getting hate crime charges is going to be a challenge.

afternoon, and Geisel noticed it was missing Monday morning.

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- They took the Lorax, made of bronze, the thieves they came, and now he's gone. A 2-foot statue of Dr. Seuss' Lorax character was stolen from the San Diego backyard garden of the 90-year-old widow of the beloved author whose real name was Theodore Geisel. Audrey Geisel noticed the statue and its tree-stump base were missing from the garden and were likely stolen over the weekend. Property manager Carl Romero told U-T San Diego ( ) on Tuesday that he found footprints indicating the thieves had dragged the 300-pound statue to an access road and lifted it over a fence. He had seen the statue Saturday

Audrey Geisel's daughter Lark Grey Dimond-Cate cast two of the sculptures. One was the lone Seuss character to reside on the family's property overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla. The other sits at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in the author's hometown, Springfield, Mass. Theodore Geisel died in 1991 at age 87. "I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs," Dimond-Cate said. "Wherever he is, he's scared, lonely and hungry. He's not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet." The Lorax has enjoyed special notoriety because of the recently released film version of Dr. Seuss's 1971 environmental fable, in which the mustachioed main character speaks out for the

to rally. We want this done peaceful." The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Zimmerman told police that he and Martin exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging his head on the ground. He says he cried out for help. Martin's parents said their son made the pleas for help. Witness accounts differ, and 911 recordings in which the voices are heard are not clear. The parents' attorney, Ben Crump, said the negative reports that are being leaked about Martin are making Zimmerman look like the victim and Trayvon as the suspect. Martin's parents initiated the campaign to draw national attention to their son's death with an online petition calling for Zimmerman's arrest. Their son's death quickly caught fire through social media and then drew national media focus. His parents have since attended rallies in Florida and appeared on national television shows. Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said "clearly what happened is in fact a tragedy," but he steered clear of calling for Zimmerman's arrest as some lawmakers have done. "It's being investigated by state and federal officials, which I think is appropriate," said Boehner, R-Ohio.

Johnson, Kasten reach deal with LA Dodgers

2-foot Lorax statue stolen by thieves By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer

Martin was black. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic. Tuesday's session was not an

official House Judiciary hearing, so no votes or formal action could occur. The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, said the meeting was intended to be a discussion of racial profiling, hate crime laws and Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which eliminated a person's duty to retreat when threatened with serious bodily harm or death. But much of the discussion revolved around criticism of the police investigation, the failure to arrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman's actions, and reassurances to Martin's parents that "we got your back," as Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, put it. "We see so clearly a case of racial profiling," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, who mentioned he is also dealing with the New York City police force's stop-and-frisk policies. The parents drew many onlookers who lined a wall and waited for the meeting's end for a chance at a glimpse of the parents. At a news conference following the forum, Fulton had to pause and fight back emotions before telling reporters she was looking to the congressional members for help. Asked about a a bounty issued by the Black Panthers for Zimmerman, Fulton said "we want this done peaceful. We want you to protest. We want you

Truffula trees against corporate greed, personified by the evil Once-ler. Dimond-Cate said she actually hopes the Lorax was stolen because of his newfound fame. Otherwise it could mean he was stolen for the bronze. "I hope he hasn't been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap," she said. "Worst-case scenario, I'll get the foundry to create another one, but he won't be the same." Romero said the statue was stolen just before security cameras were installed, and few knew it was there. The family has called San Diego police. Romero said Audrey Geisel doesn't want to punish anyone and just wants the Lorax back. "You can't sell it on eBay," he said.


Former NBA Lakersstar Magic Johnson and longtime basketball executive Stan Kasten reached a deal on March 28th to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt. The price tag was $2 billion, resolving the issue of the team going bankrupt late last year.

President Obama’s health care law facing deep trouble By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance. The court will now take up whether any remnant of the historic law can survive if that linchpin fails. The justices' questions in Tuesday's hearing carried deeply serious implications but were sometimes flavored with fanciful suggestions. If the government can force people to buy health insurance, justices wanted to know, can it require people to buy burial insurance? Cellphones? Broccoli? The law, pushed to passage by Obama and congressional Democrats two years ago, would affect nearly all Americans and extend insurance coverage to 30 million people who now lack it. Republicans are strongly opposed, including the presidential contenders now campaigning for the chance to challenge Obama in November. Audio for Tuesday's court argument can be found at: . The court focused on whether the mandate for Americans to have insurance "is a step beyond what our cases allow," in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy. But Kennedy, who is often the swing vote on cases that divide the justices along ideological lines, also said he recognized the magnitude of the nation's health care problems and seemed to suggest they would require a

comprehensive solution. He and Chief Justice John Roberts emerged as the apparent pivotal votes in the court's decision. The ruling is due in June in the midst of a presidential election campaign that has focused in part on the new law. Though many of the justices asked tough questions and made strong statements, past cases have shown that those don't necessarily translate into votes when it comes time for a decision. Wednesday's final arguments the third day in the unusually long series of hearings - will focus on whether the rest of the law can remain even if the insurance mandate is struck down and, separately, on the constitutionality of another provision expanding the federal-state Medicaid program. The insurance requirement is intended to complement two unchallenged provisions of the law that require insurers to cover people regardless of existing medical conditions and limit how much they can charge in premiums based on a person's age or health. The law envisions that insurers will be able to accommodate older and sicker people without facing financial ruin because the insurance requirement will provide insurance companies with more premiums from healthy people to cover the increased costs of care. The biggest issue, to which the justices returned repeatedly during two hours of arguments in a packed courtroom, was whether the government can force people to buy insurance. "Purchase insurance in this case, something else in the next case," Roberts said.

"If the government can do this, what else can it not do?" Justice Antonin Scalia asked. He and Justice Samuel Alito appeared likely to join with Justice Clarence Thomas, the only justice to ask no questions, to vote to strike down the key provision of the overhaul. The four Democratic appointees seemed ready to vote to uphold it. Kennedy at one point said that allowing the government mandate would "change the relationship" between the government and U.S. citizens. "Do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution" for the individual mandate? asked Kennedy. At another point, however, he also acknowledged the complexity of resolving the issue of paying for America's health care needs. "I think it is true that if most questions in life are matters of degree ... the young person who is uninsured is uniquely proximately very close to affecting the rates of insurance and the costs of providing medical care in a way that is not true in other industries. That's my concern in the case," Kennedy said. Roberts also spoke about the uniqueness of health care, which almost everyone uses at some point. "Everybody is in this market, so that makes it very different than the market for cars or the other hypotheticals that you came up with, and all they're regulating is how you pay for it," Roberts said, paraphrasing the government's argument. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. sought to assure the court that the insurance mandate in

the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that Obama signed into law in 2009 is a key part of the law's goal of reaching many of the more than 40 million people who don't have health insurance through their employers, don't qualify for government aid and cannot afford to buy coverage on their own.

“The people who don’t participate in this market are making it more expensive for those who ” Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Justice Paul Clement, who is representing Florida and 25 other states in challenging the law, called the mandate "an unprecedented effort by Congress." Clement, a predecessor of Verrilli's as solicitor general, said the requirement would force people, especially those who are young and healthy, to buy a product they don't want. Michael Carvin, representing the National Federation of Independent Business in opposing the law, also pushed hard on the notion of individual freedom. When Justice Stephen Breyer asked if the federal gov-

ernment could not order vaccinations "if there was some terrible epidemic sweeping the United States," Carvin said no. Congress lacks the power to do so, he said. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she found the debate over health care similar to an earlier era's argument about the Social Security retirement system. How could Congress be able to compel younger workers to contribute to Social Security but be limited in its ability to address health care? she wondered. "There's something very odd about that, that the government can take over the whole thing and we all say, oh, yes, that's fine, but if the government wants to preserve private insurers, it can't do that," she said. Scalia and Roberts noted that the health care overhaul law would make people get insurance for things they may not need, such as heart transplants or pregnancy services. "You can't say that everybody is going to participate in substance abuse services," Roberts said. On the other hand, Ginsburg said, "The people who don't participate in this market are making it more expensive for those who do." "You could say that about buying a car," Scalia retorted, noting that if enough people don't buy cars the cost could go up. But, unlike cars, almost everyone eventually will be required to use the health care system, Verrilli said in defense of the law. Without health insurance, he said, "you're going to the market without the ability to pay for what you're going to get." Members of Congress on both sides of the fight sat through Tuesday's arguments, along with

Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Republicans opposed to the law in the audience included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Also at the court were Democratic supporters including Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Reps. John Dingell and John Conyers, both of Michigan. Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court, with more than 100 supporters of the law circling and chanting, "I love Obamacare." They carried signs reading slogans such as "A healthy America is a productive America" and `'Protect the law." More than a dozen opponents held a news conference criticizing the bill. Supporters, two of them wearing Statue of Liberty costumes, marched to music played over a loudspeaker. A trumpet player played "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "This Little Light of Mine," and supporters changed the lyrics to ones supporting the health care law. One demonstrator opposing the law wore a striped prison costume and held a sign, "Obama Care is Putting the US Tax Payer in Debtors Prison." Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a former Republican presidential candidate, joined a tea party press conference of opponents of the law. Calling the law "the greatest expansion of federal power in the history of the country," she said, "We are calling on the court today: Declare this law unconstitutional."Co.


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Coming soon to an election booth near you Brandon Lesko

Staff Writer Turn on CNN, FOX, or any major news network and you are immediately hit with a ceaseless barrage of speech clips, interviews, and political punditry. Watch for just a few seconds and the whole spectacle appears more like the celebrity gossip shows All Access or The Insider. In my years of following politics (and I know they are few), I have realized that politicians of this era, perhaps more than at any other time in U.S. history, more aptly fall under the role of movie star than legislator. What is it that we want a legislator to do? Ideally, we’d like them to make laws! That’s what we vote them into office for; to pass laws that address the problems facing our nation “in order to form a more perfect union” or something like that. However, it seems to me that politicians these days spend more time in front of the camera or riding around on flashy buses than behind a desk or on the phone. I believe that is because our politicians don’t really know how to legislate anymore. All they really know how to do is act. And when you stand back and think about it the whole game of politics functions a bit like the film industry! Let me explain.

A striking similarity between the movie star and today’s political candidate is the fact that an ugly man with a weak voice is almost guaranteed a fruitless career (unless he settles for a strategist position like Karl Rove or James Carville or the role of Wormtail in Harry Potter). According to today’s pundits, Mitt Romney looks like a Ken Doll complete with dreamy eyes, pearly whites, and wavy locks. I’ve never been more embarrassed for another grown man as I was when I heard the guy on CNN gushing over Romney’s looks like he was a teenage girl describing Justin Bieber. Maybe if Republicans just mute the TV. when he speaks they’ll be able to bear voting for him? Politicians and actors have more than vanity in common. They also tend to cling to scripts like barnacles to the underside of a ship (the politicians more so than the actors). Ever watch an interview with a politician where a question that commands a simple yes or no answer instead receives a dizzying response that leaves you in tears of rage? I only have to think back to the Palin days. The reason we never get answers from our beloved leaders is because they are told beforehand to “stick to the script” by their campaign managers. God forbid they actually offer solutions or a discernible answer! We might know what we’re voting for then. Speaking of solutions, how many people really vote for policy in an election? Policy is boring isn’t it? We’d much rather vote for slogans! Slogans are like the tag-lines on the movie poster. “Morning Again in America”, “Yes, America Can!”, “Change We Can Believe In”, “Be-

lieve In America”. They’re pretty good aren’t they? Unfortunately, none of them offer anything tangible. Sure they sound pretty and may conjure images of the stars and stripes flying in the sun with eagles flying by in a pristine suburban setting, but these along with such things as

every garage there will be an iPad for every citizen (so you can watch their speeches and interviews of course). Politicians have to be frustrated actors at heart. I say this because almost every campaign takes on a Hollywood theme. Think about it. Jimmy Carter


the promise of the “American Dream” aren’t real. The American Dream isn’t going to solve the debt crisis or close the wealth gap, it isn’t going to put people back to work or pay off your college loans. I’d like to hear some policy ideas that may help with those little problems. But that’s what politicians do, and just as well as the movies I might add. They sell us ideas and dreams. The best of them make us believe that by simply talking and “believing” in the future everything will fix itself and the 1950s will come back, but instead of a car in

was the dark horse candidate who came out of anonymity and ended up in the White House. This was a success story of a humble Georgia peanut farmer who ascended to the great heights of the Presidency. John McCain and Sarah Palin were Mavericks, lawless cowboys bucking against the Washington insiders and doing things their own way! Harry Truman was the underdog, and now who doesn’t love the underdog? They just can’t get away from the drama. One of the many facets that make Hollywood so appealing for actors is the near guarantee

of endorsement deals once you land the big role, whether it is Nike, Armani, or some fancy cologne. Politicians too have this incentive but in a more discreet form. Lobbyists, special interest groups, and wealthy private donors funnel “campaign contributions” that function much the same way as endorsement deals do for actors. And when you retire from your long career of selling invisible crap to the American public you can usually get a very well-paying job with one of the companies you helped out while you were in office! It’s so good it should be illegal! And if work isn’t your forte (as I imagine being in Washington all those years would get you used to a life of leisure) you can just make $50,000+ per speech selling the same crap you used to. Now I love good films as much as anyone. It would be nice if in reality Mr. Smith could go to Washington, and the underdog could get in there and really make a difference for the little guy. However, if our culture doesn’t change then we can look forward to much of the same if not a worsening political environment than we have now. We need a press that holds our leaders accountable, not pander to their obvious showy antics. We need a public that actually cares about issues and doesn’t view politics as an extension of reality TV. A public that takes the time to read beyond the tagline before investing emotional energy and votes in candidates that just turn out to be bad actors. Brandon is a junior majoring in english. He is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.

The magic and wonder of the red balloon

Kim Mowery

Staff Writer When I am out and about and I see a thrift store, I just have to stop in and see what they have. Over the past two years, I have been purchasing a lot of children’s books. I do not like to spend a lot of money and frankly I don’t have much to spend, so I am always looking for great books at even greater prices. This past weekend I stopped at a thrift store in New Holland. I had never been inside this particular store before but I have passed it several times in my travels. The store was huge inside but everything was spread out. I headed downstairs and came upon the section of books. I was kind of disappointed at first because it was such a big store and the selection of books wasn’t very impressive. I looked through each bin, book by book.

I was able to pull just a few good titles then. I came to a book that took me back, back to a place where honestly I can’t remember much. This book was calling out to me and I really wasn’t sure why. I opened the hard cover book and touched each page, trying to recollect just where I had seen it before. Something inside me reached to find the answer but I could not find it. I put the book with the others, one dollar plus tax and made it to the checkout line. When I got home I unlocked my door and I headed upstairs. I put my bag down and pulled out the book that was so familiar yet a mystery. The boy on the cover brought out a feeling in me that I cannot describe: joy, sadness, anxiety, betrayal, love - what was the feeling? I wasn’t exactly sure. I laid down on the couch and opened the book. Most of the pictures were black and white but a few were in color. The black and white pages just made the ones in color that much more powerful. As I read each page I could feel everything that the little boy felt. When I finished the book I fell asleep wondering, still pondering the thoughts of where I had seen it before.


After I woke up, I wanted more, more than just what the words and the pictures of the story could give me. I looked it up on the Internet and watched the movie that the book was taken from. It was so powerful even though there were no words in the movie. There was sound of course but no dialogue.

Whitney Houston’s death Karli Van Duzer

Staff Writer Whitney Houston was a singer, an actress, a model, and a producer. In 2002 the pop star publicly announced her addiction to cocaine. She went to rehab then relapsed and went back into her addiction. Whitney Houston was not in rehab this one time; she was in rehab several times and each time relapsed and went back to her addiction. In 2011, she went to an outpatient rehab for drug and alcohol addictions. In early January, Whitney’s friends and family started to realize she was starting to get addicted again. They said she was “drinking all sorts

of liquor and partying like crazy.” They begged her to go back to rehab one last time, and a close friend even offered to pay for the rehab. She refused. This refusal ultimately led to her death on February 11, 2012. Whitney was found in the bathtub of her room in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The coroner determined she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub. According to the coroner, her drug addiction and heart condition were contributing factors to her death. While this is what the coroner report said, some people think otherwise. According to the police report, there was no cocaine in her hotel room. However, lorazepam, valium, Xanax, as well as sleeping medication were found in her room. They were dismissed as a contributing factor, which I think is unlikely since she has a drug addiction. Whitney Houston was a major celebrity that many people looked up to; but was she really the influence we wanted in society? She openly admitted she had a drug addiction, and while

her admittance was good, she continuously relapsed and went back to her addiction, which was not good. Whitney’s death was a tragedy, but her addiction and her lack of wanting help, or at least trying to stay clean, contributed to her death. This is not a person people should be looking to as a role model. While most people should be looking for someone different as a role model, if you look at celebrities to fill this role you probably won’t find a celebrity that is a good enough role model. Most celebrities are now involved in drugs, drinking, or are pregnant way before they should be. There are some celebrities that people can look to as a good role model, but not as many as there used to be. Times have changed, but not so much that we should have to look to addicts or teen moms as a good role model. Karli is a freshman majoring in sociology. She is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.

The year was 1956, the city was Paris. A little boy finds a red balloon stuck on a lamppost. He climbs the lamppost and takes it to school. Along the way he runs into many obstacles. He could not take it on the bus, he could not take it into school, once he arrived at home his mother told him he could not have the balloon, bullies

tried to steal it. So many things. Although these things happened, the balloon stayed by his side. His little heart clung to what he had. The balloon followed him and for the most part obeyed him. It was like the balloon was his friend; it loved him, it adored him and the little boy finally felt important. When the balloon was taken down and “dying” the little boy’s heart was dying too. What would he do? All the balloons in the city felt his pain; they came from all around the city to be with him. This red balloon was no more but all the balloons in the city came and carried him to a place where he felt loved. Where that place is even today, we don’t know. I often wonder where all the balloons go that people release by accident or on purpose. Of course some are found but where do the others go? Sometimes I think I would love for a bunch of balloons to just carry me away. Would they fill the empty places inside or just deliver me from the emptiness? I‘m not really sure. Honestly, I’m not sure that anyone actually knows. Kim is a Senior majoring in Elementary Education. She is a Opinion Writer for The Snapper.

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The importance of life Rhea Mitchell

Staff Writer Many of us struggle to get out of bed in the morning, not because we are tired or physically ill, but because of the lackluster lives we choose to lead. Throughout the winter months, it is easy to fall into the “winter blues.” However, there is no better time than the present to free yourself from such a mundane life. With our landscapes coming back to life,

it is essential that we take mother nature's direction and fill our own selves with life and color. Spring is the time in which we can more easily embrace the beauty of life in its entirety. It has been proven that our fast paced and technology-dependent society has led to many of the emotional and psychological diseases in the present. Depression is the most common mental illness in the United States and can be prevented with some self-awareness, motivation, and a smile. Be aware of when you may feel the emotional heaviness approaching, acknowledge those emotions, and then get up and get out. Being active, whether it be going on a walk, doing a project, or reading

under a tree, each have counteractive effects on depression. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is essential for students to focus on achieving their potentials. It becomes extremely difficult to keep up with the chaotic lifestyle college students have if they are constantly battling themselves. Appreciate yourself and the blessing of life; take some time every day to look around and feel nature's happiness. Become your best supporter and motivator to challenge yourself every day to get outside and overcome depression. Rhea is a sophmore majoring in print journalism. She is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.

FML Today, I spotted a $100 bill on the ground. Being a little strapped for cash, I excitedly picked it up. I discovered it was one of those religious tract papers made to look like a folded bill, with a message scolding me for being greedy.

Last Thursday was a grim day, bleak and meager weather with an underlying feeling of dissent. It must have been by chance that my second class was canceled. With nowhere to be, I decided to fill my growing appetite with no knowledge of what I was about to stumble upon. Outside the SMC it was obvious that something was about to happen. A WGAL truck, a stage equipped with a microphone, and a small group of girls selling “FIGHT” tee shirts was the scene laid out before me. With my curiosity piqued, I decided to sit down for a cigarette and see what came of it. People started gathering en masse and it soon became clear that an anti budget cut rally was underway. The speeches soon began and voices of discontent were heard. Students and teachers alike came to the stage to speak their mind and call the student body to action, “call your representatives! Let your outrage be heard!” As much as I liked the message, I had an uneasy feeling that it wouldn’t be enough. Rarely do I hear stories of any politician receiving a letter and openly admit to their crimes and change for the better. Nonetheless, the spirit was there that afternoon. I found my rage building the more I listened and gave thought to the subject. Why is it that the students are the first to suffer in an economic crisis? There is no excuse for trampling all over not only our right to learn, but the right to experience college without living in

fear of losing it. Have these politicians forgotten the fact that today’s college students will be the ones running the country in the future? If I was them, I’d want the generation that would eventually be taking care of me to be as well educated as possible. With high amounts of adrenaline coursing throughout my body, I took a walk to Biemsderfer Stadium to listen to what some of Millersville’s alumni had to say about the loss of the three men’s running teams. Three men spoke in front a wall of students: Tom Ecker, Glenn Stephens, and Bob Vasile. They

to speak with her about a possible solution to save the teams that dealt with an annuity that would supply enough interest every year to fund the lost teams. As I expected, no one picked up on the other line and once again I had to rely on the power of voicemail. To my surprise, I received a call back about 2 weeks later. I understand that people are sometimes busy, but I was not even given the respect by Breaux to have time set aside prior to the call to discuss this issue. She chose to call me while she was walking out of the door and heading to another meeting. On a time crunch I spoke quickly and asked for a meeting. To no avail. The cold, heartless voice on the other side of the line simply stated “what happened, happened and we are not looking for any solutions to this issue.” I don’t know what you would call the feeling that swept over me, but I assure you it was nothing good. Something has gone terribly wrong at this university. Not only does its administration blindly slash away at the athletic department, but it lies about why and has no interest in any student or alumni funded and powered solutions. This issue obviously goes further than just the men’s running teams. Tuition is going up along with class sizes, standards dropping, and students left wondering what aspects of their college lives will be affected next. There are two battles raging: the students and alumni trying to save our athletics and the fight against proposed cuts in Pennsylvania’s budget for education. The latter is leading teachers and students to travel to Harrisburg for a rally against Tom Corbett and his education cuts. But is he solely to blame? Idle water cooler chat has led me to look into the teacher’s union’s role as well - details to follow.

“There is no excuse for trampling all over not only our right to learn, but the right to experience college without the fear of losing it” spoke of their disgust with the administration and the investigating that they have done concerning the decision to cut the teams. Each stated several accounts of deceit, story swapping, and just plain disregard for honesty and straightforwardness on the part of Millersville’s Administration. They have lied about the reasoning (Title IX, ect.) and have not made any attempt whatsoever to release documents to the public that support their actions. There is a complete lack of transparency. A plan to save the teams was also brought up: an “immediate endowment of $300,000 to fund the programs for 2-3 years (funded by an alumni donor), while working on creating a permanent endowment to help fund ALL sports on a longterm basis so that no student is denied the opportunities that athletics provides.” But when the plan landed on Presidents McNairy’s desk, it was scoffed at and thrown in the trash. Déjà vu it seemed. A few weeks prior I gave Dr. Breaux, the Vice President of Student Affairs, a call. I wished

Kyle is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.

Racism exists, leaving Dr. King’s dream unfulfilled Sam Dutton

Opinion Editor “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” These are the wellknown words of the famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a brilliant African American civil rights activist who dreamed that one day we would live in a world where individuals were not judged by their race but by

the kind of person they were. Dr. King desired for a world in which we lived in harmony with the absence of segregation. I ask you to consider if Mr. King's dream has become a reality. I look at my peers who surround me, who reflect every nationality. I consider the professors who teach me and who are of varying ethnicities. Even the people I work with. On a larger scale, attention can be brought to our first African American president of the United States. Our country has made great strides in working towards making the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a reality, leaving the "separate but equal" legislation behind as a distant memory. I am left to ponder whether society has yet accomplished the dreams of Dr. King. Most recently in the news is the story of a young man named Trayvon Martin. He was shot by a neighborhood watchman who called police and reported him as a "suspicious person." When I reviewed the proceed-

ings of this court case prior to writing the article, it made me suspicious and has me convinced that Trayvon was a victim of racial profiling, which resulted in his death. The suspicious young man that the watchman reported was found with a bag of skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. The watchman, George Zimmerman, claims that he shot Martin in self-defense after the young man attacked him. This court case brings to light the very reality that racism is still among us. Segregation may be gone, but children do not yet live in a nation where they are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Changes have been made in our society; these are small stepping-stones. We are still not a society free of racism but this is certainly something to work for.

Sam is a junior majoring in History. She is the Opinion Editor for The Snapper.



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Students build houses instead of party during spring break DANIELLE WEAVER Features Writer

It is that time of year: spring break. Every year when the weather gets nice and school lets out for a week, thousands of college kids head somewhere warm.

This year a group of 11 Millersville students were no different. Their bags were packed and they had counted down the days until their departure. They were looking forward to a week away. However, on March 11, the Millersville chapter of Habitat for Humanity did not board a plane bound for South Beach.

SAM DUTTON/SNAPPER Students with MUs Habitat for Humanity built houses in Burnsville, North Carolina over spring break. Students who are looking for a good time head to Miami, Cancun or Panama City. Duffel bags are filled to bursting with bathing suits and sunscreen.

They loaded into a 15-passenger van and headed for Burnsville, North Carolina. And no, they had no plans to lay on the beach. Their goal

was to work on a house for a family in need. The group spent a week in Burnsville and during that time they did finishing work on the house, including flooring, cabinetry, insulation, the building of a shed, and even digging for the electrical work. Most days the group worked from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. A local church, Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, put the students up for the week. After much That was an experience that Will Serson, president of the MU chapter of Habitat for Humanity, called “humbling.” Serson says the trip was more than just work. During their downtime, the students found different ways to enjoy themselves. One day the students and their construction supervisor hiked Mount Mitchell. Another day they visited Brown Mountain Lights – a canyon so deep that the gases glow different colors. Taking full advantage of their time off from working, the group went to check out Camp Celo for Children and Crabtree Falls also. Living in such close quarters for a week gave students a

“The track and field rally seemed worthwhile because I played a sport before.” Katie Cunningham

SAM DUTTON/SNAPPER labor, the house is finished and MU students take a quick break. chance to rekindle old friendships (eight students have gone on previous Habitat trips) and make new ones. “We really left a tightknit group,” says Serson. Serson said that the worst part was stuffing 11 college students, plus their luggage, into a van. What was the most rewarding part? That building something allows you to see the result – a physical and concrete thing. What made their work worth it was being able to meet the family whose house they were working on. “You know you're helping someone in need, but when you can put a face and a smile to that name, it really hits

home when you see the person you're helping,” said Serson. The week long trip is the group’s big event but throughout the year, Habitat does fundraising and other building opportunities closer to home. Millersville’s Habitat for Humanity meets every Wednesday at 9:15 P.M. in McComsey Hall room 266. Meetings are open to everyone, even those who want to stop by and ask questions. If you cannot make a meeting, check out their page on MU “Get Involved.” “The point is to find something you really feel strongly about,” said Serson, “And put your energy and commitment into that to make a change that’s positive.”

Tanning beds 101: the good & bad

PHOTO COURTESY OF FORTSMITHTAN.COM This is the “Mega Tan” tanning bed featured at Fort Smith Tan. It claims to give you a darker, longer-lasting tan in less the time of a normal bed while avoiding white underarm lines. your time to look JULIE RAFFENSPERGER pros and cons.

Associate Features Editor

Although it is only March, seeing students strolling around campus in shorts and flip flops has not been uncommon these past couple of weeks. With the sun out and temperatures reaching nearly eighty degrees, many people are embracing their spring wardrobes and the unexpected warm weather. However, this sudden change of temperature may bring out a bad addiction for some people: tanning beds. Many students will pay any price in order to regain their summer glow in a matter of days. This is due to the fact that some people may be less than willing to show off their legs, which have been cozily covered in sweatpants and jeans for so long. Although resorting to a tanning bed may not be the best solution, it is certainly worth

at both its

"I know someone who tans three times a week. I think that tanning beds can be dangerous if they're abused," said junior JR Sirotta. If a person is tanning excessively, there are definitely risks that can be associated with doing so. On the other hand, many students agree that just tanning in itself is enjoyable. "I love going tanning because it's like a mini getaway. But you have to remember to tan in moderation so you do not over-do it," said junior Brianna Weaver. Although it is extremely relaxing and enjoyable, many people can abuse the beds by going too often and simply ignoring the risks. Society of Melanoma Research President David E. Fisher, MD, PhD states, "This effort to portray tanning and tanning beds as good for health ignores the fact that exposure to ultraviolet radiation represents one of the most avoid-

able causes of cancer. There is no question that this exposure causes thousands of skin cancer deaths a year." Although Fisher acknowledges the fact that the impact of UV rays on melanoma is not fully understood, he thinks it is wrong for the tanning industry to advocate the fact that there is no link present at all. In fact, "More than 1 million cases of non melanoma skin cancer and 60,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year in the U.S.," according to the American Cancer Society. In response, International Tanning Association Executive Director John Overstreet states, "The fact is, UV light provides vitamin D which helps the body ward off many types of disease; the rewards that come from moderate and responsible exposure to UV light far outweigh the consequences of not getting enough of it." For those who have no preexisting risk for skin cancer, going tanning in moderation

What motivates you to go to a rally?

may not be a terrible way to get your vitamin D. However, the American Cancer Society suggests taking

a vitamin D supplement which does the exact same thing without exposing yourself to an increased risk of skin cancer. Then again, taking the supplement does not give the desired tan that can be achieved by means of a tanning bed. The bottom line is that tanning in moderation does have its own benefits, but you must be willing to accept the risks that come along with it. For those who still want a bit of color without the risk, adding self-tanner to your regular lotion is a great trick. It gives your skin a small boost without the risk of turning orange. But if you are absolutely willing to go to a tanning salon, the best chance to protect yourself from the risks are to make sure that you do not have a family history of skin cancer, always wear protective goggles, limit your time in the bed, and try to limit your visits to three times a week.

“Any cause worth fighting for.”

Kiersten Williams

“If it is something both myself and others benefit from.”

Portia West

“If the rally seems beneficial any rallies for MU’s tuition.”

Saeed Al-hindi

“I went to the rally in Philly to support children’s safety.” Dianelys de la Heria

PHOTO COURTESY OF EXTREMETANANDSMOOTHIES.COM This a common example of tanning bed lotions. It promotes reduction of redness after tanning, has hydrating nutrients for your skin, and claims to help jump start your tan.

“Fighting for what I believe in.”

Reggie Harden

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Answers to all your parking questions MARISSA INCITTI Features Editor

The biggest complaint for many students and faculty alike is parking. There never seem to be enough available spaces for everyone to be happy. As more tickets are given to those in illegal parking spots, the more frustrated the campus community gets. As most Millersville car owners know, the campus parking lots have specific colored lines: blue, white, and gold. When you purchase your parking permit in the beginning of the year, you are purchasing a designated color. The blue spots are for residents of the dorms, the white spots are for commuters, and the gold spots are for faculty and staff. According to the Millersville police station, there are 3,456 parking spaces on campus. The total staff parking spaces amount to 806, commuters have 1,652, and residents have 635. The total issued parking permits for the 2011-2012 year amounts to 3,322. That gives students and faculty 134 unaccounted for spaces. So why is it so hard to find a parking space? The 3,322 permits are for the legal parkers. Those without a permit still try to park in permit only places. “I figured out that if I got caught three times without having a permit, it would only cost me $75 as opposed to the $95 I would have had to pay for a

parking permit. So essentially I’m saving money especially if they even catch me,” said a student who wishes to remain anonymous. Unfortunately for this student and many others who share

ing areas – including the least used areas that would alleviate most of the congestion. Areas like the James St. lot in front of the tennis courts and the lot behind the Student Memorial Center. These are commuter lots and there are plenty of spaces on any given day. “There are usually Next year if you have a per- only 20 cars in the SMC mit and park in the wrong col- lot and it’s not a far walk to most of my ored space, your fine will be classes,” says senior $25. For those of you without a Abagail Weaver, who freparking permit, the fine will be quently parks in the SMC lot. The walking distance increased to $50. from the SMC lot to McComsey Hall is about 5 minutes and you will save time by going straight to the SMC lot instead of searching in the same rationale, the fines for the McComsey lot, one of the illegal parking are going up. most congested parking lots, if Next year, if you have a permit not THE most congested parking and park in the wrong colored lot, on campus. space, your fine will be $25. For Another underused lot is the those of you without a parking Jefferson Parking Garage. It may permit, the fine will be increased be a far walk for most, but for to $50. The permit cost will stay students with classes in at $95 as a trade off for raising Wickersham and Stayer, it’s a the fines. Why the raise in fines? better option than trying to find “I would rather have students spaces in the Stayer lot. park legally than raise the perMillersville University also has a mits 5-10%,” Police Chief Anders shuttle that will take you all says. around campus. The good news is that the “It’s easier to take the bus Millersville University Task than to look for parking,” says Force is in the process of redofreshman Nyasha Paulus. She ing the parking areas by realigntakes the shuttle three to four ing certain spaces in some of the times a day. most congested areas. Anders Nyasha is one of the lucky was kind enough to point out freshmen that won the parking the subtle changes to the parklottery and is allowed a car on

Police Chief Anders MU Police

DAVID LU/SNAPPER The lot behind the Student Memorial Center is always sparsely littered with cars. If you cant find a space in the McComsey lot, come here! Its only a 5 minute walk over to McComsey.

DAVID LU/SNAPPER Police Chief Anders stands in a near empty parking lot in the James St. lot across from McComsey. This is a commuter lot with plenty of free spaces. campus. There has been some grumbling about this allowance from upperclassmen and faculty. According to Police Chief Anders, “We allow freshman to have cars to make sure students are involved in student life. Most schools don’t permit freshman to have cars.” However, in the future, freshman chosen from the lottery system should watch out for a possible higher permit cost. As for the subtle changes,

this summer the upper Stayer Parking Lot, usually reserved for faculty and staff only, is being converted into commuter parking only. Those perfect spots right outside of Stayer have been converted to faculty only. This adjustment will give students a 20% parking space increase. The goal of the task force is “to make the lots one or the other,” meaning commuter or faculty. This will hopefully ease the congestion and provide a safer envi-

ronment for students walking on campus. For those of you who have frequent guests, guest parking permits will now be more accessible around campus. There is no free parking in the lots anytime during the week. After 4 P.M. on weekdays, those with a parking permit are allowed to park in any space. After 4 P.M. on Friday lasting until 7 A.M. on Monday, no permits are required to park in any lined space.

DAVID LU/SNAPPER This lot near the Jefferson garage has a total of 4 cars. These pictures were all taken at noon on a Thursday - one of the busiest times for parking. A shuttle will take you to campus.

Thinking of getting a piercing? HAYLEY ADDESA Features Writer

PHOTO COURTESY OF FRESHBODYPIERCING.BLOGSPOT.COM Belly button piercings are the most common piercing among young women. These piercings can trace their roots back to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Indians.

The investment and commitment of getting a tattoo might be too much for someone to handle; a step down would be to get a piercing. The piercing is not as permanent, seeing as it can be taken out. However, it has the same effect as a tattoo, acting as a form of expression but more simplified. Nowadays there are new places to get piercings ranging from relatively normal to almost unheard of, but wherever you may choose to get it, it is important to check a few things before going in to get pierced. Most of the same precautions as getting tattooed should be taken when getting pierced. According to Montana Body Art Inc. the studio you choose to be pierced at should be well lit and very sterile. The waiting area should be separate from the piercing rooms for sanitary purposes. There should be prepackaged needles that are sterile, as well as an Autoclave, which is used for the sterilization of tools. Check for things like a visible license to pierce and

other things such as sterile gloves. It is very important that the area you are being

with a gun can be extremely unsanitary. Most of the guns that are used in local places

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHACRUNA.WORDPRESS.COM Tongue piercings need to be thoroughly cleaned and cared for. pierced in is clean. This is a needle puncturing your skin and if done in a dirty environment, it can spell disaster for your health and wellbeing. Though it may not seem like a big deal, being pierced

such as malls are not thoroughly sterilized between uses. The workers will wipe it down with an antiseptic between uses, but the guns themselves cannot be placed in an autoclave for proper cleaning.

Although this method can be quicker and probably less painful, the risks for infection are greater. It would also be a good idea to hear the process of what the professional piercer will be doing before you actually do it. Talking through the process makes actually going through it easier and more calming. It also helps if they talk to you while they are doing it so you are not shocked when they are ready to use the needle. After getting pierced you should talk with the professional about aftercare and healing time. The studio is held accountable for infections to a certain extent, then it comes down to you and the care you put into the newly pierced area. Neglecting a piercing is just as bad as going to an unsanitary shop. It may be an extra step in your morning or nightly routine, but it is well worth avoiding the problems disregarding can cause. Picking a spot for a piercing is just like picking a spot for a tattoo: you are going to have to see it and take care of it, so make sure you really want it. Granted, if you do not want it anymore you can take it out; but if you are spending the money, make sure it is well worth it.

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Upcycling: decorating your own flower pots RHEA MITCHELL Features Writer

With the stat of spring upon us, many students are looking for ways to bring the reminders of the beautiful outdoors into their living quarters. Flowers are extremely bene-

sive. The materials you wish to adorn your new recycled pot with can truly be anything you desire. I have chosen to use buttons on my pot; however, pictures from magazines, beads, and broken jewelry all make for a unique embellishment. To begin, you should have

RHEA MITCHELL/SNAPPER These are some of the basic materials to decorate with. Buttons, glue, paper, stapler, and a tin can for a flower pot. ficial and bring a vibrance of color and life into the room without much upkeep. They also provide a chance for creativity to flourish in adorning your own unique flower pots. Allow your right-brain to take over when you envision your project materials, but a few common household items are very suitable for this project. Any type of large can, such as canned fruits or spaghetti sauces. You can also visit you local consignment or thrift stores and purchase glass vases that are very inexpen-

done some minimal research on the type of plant that would thrive in your living environment. It is important to be aware of the size of your new plant when choosing your pot. Be sure to thoroughly wash and rinse out the can that you have chosen to use; also make sure to remove the label. The next step would be to lay out a design for your decorations; I have chosen to sporadically place mine. Then it is time to start adorning your can. I found it is best to use a hot glue gun

when attaching adornments, but cement glues can be used for applying pictures or to other forms of paper materials. This can be somewhat time consuming and diligent, so give yourself plenty of free time to soak in the positive effects doing crafts or art has to offer. For those of you that are more ambitious with your crafts, experiment with a more difficult project: a hanging flower pot. Use gallon containers of milk, rope or twine, and a drill for the essential materials. Cut the container in half, then drill four to six holes around the edges. Thread your rope or twine through these holes; make sure to leave enough slack that you will be able to securely hang your plant. Follow the same adorning concept as with the metal cans, and you will have your own personal up-cycled hanging plant basket. With the school year’s end quickly approaching, many students will begin feeling the pressures of a hectic semester. Take some time to yourself this spring, and embrace the emergence of life around you. Letting your creativity flow, even in a project as simple as decorating a flower pot, will have great impacts on your academics and stress management. These new additions to your room or home will also make for good conversation starters with friends, and even give you opportunities to get together and try out new activities.

RHEA MITCHELL/SNAPPER This tin flower pot was spruced up with buttons transforming it from drab to fab. You can also use fake flowers, dried fruit, beads, glitter, and magazine pictures to decorate your flower pot.

Get an edge, study abroad Dena Paffas Features Writer

Before heading off to college, everyone who has ever been there keeps saying to you, “They’re the best years of your life.” Of course they are referring to the newly found freedom

House on George Street, currently has 17 international partners across the globe where they can send Millersville University students to work and study. In return, Millersville opens their arms to traveling students from those respective partners as well. If, for some reason,

year! Junior Rob Peiffer is doing exactly that. Rob will be spending his senior year overseas in Germany to complement his International Business major and German minor. “I’m very excited to spend my senior year in Marburg, Germany,” he says. “MU sim-

PHOTO COURTESY OF EEC-UA.COM A quaint village situated in Bavaria, Germany. Bavaria is the largest state in Germany and boasts snowy Alpine peaks, rushing streams and velvety forests making Bavaria a fairy land.

Write for the Snapper! Visit: PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZINGTRAVEL.COM Kangaroo stares off peacefully into the distance on the beach coast of scenic Australia. and perfectly legal fun they all similarly had. But in all seriousness, a lot of what they say is true. The experiences you have in college are among the best, worst and all around most unforgettable ones you will have in your lifetime. Why not make them even more unforgettable, and create those memories overseas while studying abroad? Most people these days, if they have the ability, go off to college and earn a degree. This being said, a lot of people get some sort of college experience – but not everyone gets to experience it overseas. Here at Millersville, as with many other colleges, you have the ability to study abroad. Unfortunately not many students take advantage of this opportunity, and it is a shame because it is truly an incredible one. The Office of Global Education & Partnerships, found in the Cumberland

Millersville does not already have a partnership with a city or country of your desire, they can look into other existing programs in that region that have been officially authorized by the United States as suitable for housing American students. There are only three requirements necessary to be eligible for studying abroad. As a student at Millersville, you have to have completed at least 24 credits, maintained an average GPA of at least 2.0 or higher, and also completed the approval process through the Office of Global Education & Partnerships. If you are at all interested in studying abroad you can stop by their office on George Street, or take a look at their website at ademics/globaled/ index.php. Students can apply to study abroad or partake in internships abroad during the summer, winter, the duration of a semester, or even for an entire

plifies the surprisingly affordable study abroad process. They guide you through every step and answer all your questions.” Marine Biology major Melanie Grillone is currently spending the second semester of her junior year over in Australia. She had this to say about her experiences there so far: “Studying abroad in Australia has allowed me to nurse my passion for marine biology by gaining rare field experience and taking valuable classes not otherwise available to me…this journey is also about submersing myself in an alien culture and gaining a whole new awareness for this foreign place, which is now quickly becoming home. I would recommend any student to study abroad because it’s not only an opportunity to enhance academic learning but also a pilgrimage in personal growth and a chance to discover one’s independence.”

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The cast of “Bare” prepares for opening night on April 13 at 8:00 P.M. in Rafters Theater. “Bare” is the coming of age story about the struggles of sexuality and identity in high school.

ACMO presents: “Bare,” the darkside of high school Caleb Bressler Staff Writer

“Bare,” ACMO’s 2012 spring musical, is a show that is unfamiliar to many. However, despite its rather low-profile, and the fact that the show never made it to Broadway, the self-labeled Pop Opera has a devoted fan base. Currently, “Bare” is in the midst of rehearsals. During the week before Spring Break, rehearsals finally moved into the Rafter’s Theatre where the show will be opening in April. “Bare” is quite a different kind of production than ACMO’s last “Godspell”, which musical played last spring. While “Godspell” was much more lighthearted, “Bare,” with its dark plot and risqué lyrics, is more in line with the musical “Spring Awakening.” “Bare” takes place at a Catholic high school where two of the main characters, Peter (played by Peter Ferraiolo) and Jason (Seth Sponhouse) are having a homosexual relationship. However, both of them are keeping this a secret, fearing rejection from their peers and their parents. In the meantime, true to high school politics, a lot of other drama is taking place besides the problems regarding Peter and Jason. Indeed, the synopsis of the play reads like a

soap opera, with characters having intertwining romances and as well as hosts of other problems with few solutions in sight. ACMO has been in rehearsals for “Bare” for quite a few weeks. Having never viewed a rehearsal for a musical, it was interesting to watch the cast and crew refine dance moves for the opening number, “Epiphany.” The song is mostly a dream-sequence, taking place during Mass. The song jumps from the cast sitting quietly in the pews, to suddenly jumping up and dancing, surrounding Peter and singing angrily. This being the case, timing was everything. Members of the cast had to move props quickly to and from the main stage simultaneously with dance sequences. As soon as the dance music stopped, the cast had to rush back to their original positions like a game of musical chairs, while making sure everything retained an orderly, a well-choreographed look. Indeed, at times it was almost like watching a film in production, as frequent interventions were made in order to polish the dance number. After the first dance number, the rehearsal began to move along more quickly. The next few songs were much less complicated, requiring fewer inter-

jections from the chorographer and director. The rehearsal, altogether, was scheduled to run for roughly four hours (I only stayed for about an hour and a half). One of the many good things about the Rafter’s Theatre is its excellent fluidity. The black-box theatre had been completely rearranged from the last show by the ACMO crew to accommodate “Bare.” One of the most major changes was the seating arrangements. The seating had been rearranged to reflect the traditional proscenium-style format, with audience members entering the theatre stadium-style in the very center of the seating. The stage area is spacious; the main stage floor (where the first dance number mainly takes place) is hedged by platforms and walkways to give the set a threedimensional, multi-level feel. In the coming weeks the set will have evolved to include a stained-glass window and other set pieces. “Bare”, according to, played OffBroadway for a limited engagement “trial run.” While documents that the musical was well-received by the public, the experimental show only ran for about two months, never actually becoming a legitimate Off-Broadway production.

Josh Dorsheimer (the Priest) practices his lines during rehearsal.


While the piece calls itself a “pop opera” it is actually an “operetta;” mostly sung through, with small bits of dialogue in between singing. An article, partially visible on, details that composer Damon Intrabartolo based the musical on his own life. Intrabartolo attended a Catholic school, and told a priest about his homosexual behavior. The priest responded by saying that he needed to stop. Intrabartolo’s significant other disagreed. The idea for “Bare” was born. “Bare” opens at the Rafter’s Theatre on April 13 and will play for a total of eight performances. 8:00pm performances will be held on April 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Matinee performances at 2:00pm will be held on April 14, 15 and 22. Tickets are available in advance at the box office in the Student Memorial Center, running $5 for students with present Millersville ID, $7 for seniors and $10 for regular admission. Tickets are also available prior to the curtain of each performance in Dutcher Hall’s box office, located on the first floor of Dutcher Hall off the lobby. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for regular admission.


Brittany VanCisco practices a dance routine in “Bare.” Choreography is directed by Jenn Kelman.


Megan Kelley (Diane) and Bri Kozier (Kira) rehearse their scene for the “pop” opera.

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March 29, 2012

The rise and fall of a star in “Sunset Boulevard” at the Fulton Rachael Ward Arts&Culture Editor

You have heard the stories about how Hollywood used to be. The streets were paved in solid gold, where movie stars came and went living a life that everyone seemed to envy. Yet if you talk to people from that time period you will hear that it also had its fair share of problems just like the film industry today, problems that are explored in the musical “Sunset Boulevard” presented by the Fulton Theatre. Taking place in Hollywood during the 1950s, a screenwriter by the name of Joe Gillis is in desperate need for work. It is a strange twist of fate that finds him in the home of Norma Desmond, a former actress now trapped in the glory of her old career. She hires him to edit her own screenplay, but in the process he becomes entangled in this woman’s sad existence. The more and more he struggles to get out of it, the more she pulls him back, keeping him from his own life. Without spoiling anything, it should be noted that this musical has many twists and turns and is very dark in how it portrays this former star and just how far she has fallen from grace. Since this is a musical, most of the dialogue and story is told through song. However, it never takes away form the overall performance due to the fact that

since it has given both the director and cast much more creative freedom on how to present the connections between the characters and bring out the conflict and drama. Based on my viewing, it made the experience all the more enjoyable knowing that this was unlike any other performance. On Tuesday, March 27, Marc Robin and members of the main cast arrived at Millersville University to speak to the acting and directing classes on the process of putting together the show. The topics covered included the audition process, the relationship between an actor and director, the various challenges that can occur during rehearsal, and much more. Robin also emphasized that to make it in PHOTO PROVIDED BYLANCASTERONLINE.COM the theatre business you Denise Whelan plays Norma Desmond, a famous actress before the need to trust and be trusted by others you introduction of ‘talkies’. She longs to be on top once again. work with for the entire each and every member of the that there are plenty of differcast are amazing singers, most ences between this musical and performance. This is solid advice to keep notably Denise Whelan as the movie, it follows the same in mind for those looking to Norma Desmond and David basic idea. Go to Girolmo, who both get incrediAccording to the director enter the acting field. ble solos. The acting in this Marc Robin, the overall intent of the famous was to tell the story differently, setboulevard/ to find dates and 1950s movie is incredible all in a way that would suit the times for “Sunset Boulevard” across the board. stage rather than a film. This and see the show before it closThough it should be noted idea seems to have paid off es on April 1.

Upcoming Events Humanities Film Series: Blue Gold: World Water Wars When: March 29 at 7 P.M. Where: Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall. Presentation: “War and the Hippocratic Oath: Irreconcilable?” When: March 30 at 2 P.M. Where: Miltipurpose Room, Stayer Hall

Mr. Millersville 2012 When: April 10 at 7 P.M. Where: Reighard Multipurpose Room, SMC

Concert: Anita Renfroe and Ioannis Potamousis When: April 1 at 5 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster Tickets Required

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Master Class: Rodney Mack, trumpet When: April 11 at 3 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster

The Ware Center Film Series: Bill Cunningham New York When: April 2 at 5:30 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster

Power of the Purse When: April 11 at 5 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster

Organ Music for Lenten Meditation Series: Dr. Karl E. Moyer When: April 4 at 12:15 P.M. Where: First United Methodist Church, 121 N. George Str. Millersville

Humanities Film Series: A Day Without a Mexican When: April 5 at 7 P.M. Where: Myers Auditoriu, McComsey Hall

Soulful Expressions: A Celebration of Women with Amanda Diva, jessica Care moore and Ursula Rucker, spoken word artists When: April 12 at 6:30 P.M. Where: Pucillo Gymnasium Lectures with a Twist: "In a Different Light, Reflections and Beauty of Wise Women of Color" When: April 12 at 7:30 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster The Dolphin Club presents: Flipping Through the Channels When: April 12 at 8 P.M. Where: Pucillo Gymnasiu Pool

Performance: Imani Winds, woodwinds quintent When: April 5 at 7:30 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster Tickets Required


Gala Show Preview: “Fashion and Dance Through the Ages” When: April 6 at 6 P.M. Where: Lyet Lobby, The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster

Dance Performance: Los Questzales When: March 30 at 7 P.M. Where: Reighard Multipurpose Room, SMC

Conrad Nelson Lecture: Janine Antoni When: April 4 at 7 P.M. Where: The Ware Center. 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster Tickests Required

Denise Whelan as Norma Desmond with David Girolmo, playing her faithful butler Max von Mayerling.

Exhibit Opening: Donna Albert, Textiles When: April 6 at 6 P.M. Where: Lyet Lobby, The Ware Center 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster

Millersville University Single Reed Symposium When: April 13 at 7:30 P.M. Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Str. Lancaster


Curt Dale Clark as Joe Gillis, the Hollywood screenwriter who knows all too well how down and dirty his job is.

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Metal Wednesday




Bob Saget

The People's Elbow

Adam Krull

Bananas in Pajamas

The 330 Late Night

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Rock Hard in the Morning Rock "Carnival of Feet"


Tuesdays With Cory

Alternative/Jazz The Uncle Muss-Kulls

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Alternative Rock Saturday Limbs

Pizza Party

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Rock Epic Radio Time

Metal Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out.


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March 29, 2012

Speaking without words at the Millersville student art show Rhea Mitchell Staff Writer

As renewed life fills the campus with color, it is again time for the annual MU Art and Design 2012 Juried Student Exhibition held in Sykes Gallery. The student exhibition is open to the public on Wednesday evening at 6 P.M. for the gallery opening and awards ceremony. The interesting facet about this particular show is that each work has been hand selected by a delegated juror. This year, Millersville University was able to welcome back former contemporary art historian professor, Deborah Barkun. Dr. Barkun taught at Millersville for several years prior to her work at Ursinus College, and was eager to have the opportunity to come back to campus after four years. Students were judged on the overall feel and aesthetics of the piece, but also on their ability to manipulate their chosen medium to achieve their desired effects. Traffic bustled through the gallery much of the day. As the collection increased it became apparent why faculty has chosen to be selective with entrees.

Over 110 pieces were entered for the judging, and only several pieces were chosen as the final collection. Each area of the art department was represented in the show. The majority of works came from students in the photography, printmaking, and sculpture courses. There were classic materials used, such as mustard seed and silver to make jewelry, but even trash bags became art. There is no doubt that our students made the decisions for Dr. Barkun very difficult. Each work emulated the creativity, imagination, and talent that drives our university's artists. During the opening Wednesday evening there will be several awards given out. The most outstanding photo and sculpture piece will each be awarded, as well as a juror's choice. The show will be on display in the first floor of Breidenstine Hall, from this Wednesday, March 28 until April 19. Not only has this been a wonderful opportunity for the art students to work towards, but it is an optimal chance for everyone on campus to appreciate true works of art.

Music Featurette: The Browning Luke Helker Staff Writer


A bronze casted sculpture with a steel base. One of the many different pieces that students have put on display.

During my spring break, I had the opportunity to spend some time hanging out with Metal/electronica band The Browning from Dallas. Some friends of mine and I met up at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown and spent the better part of the evening at the band's table shooting the breeze with some of the band members. The room was filled with the sounds of local bands trying to pay their dues and win over the crowd, while my friends and I were more concerned with simply learning about the magic that is The Browning. For those of you whom are unaware of who The Browning are, they combine the raw power and intensity of heavy metal music with some modern dance beats and electronic bells and whistles to illuminate their music. They have released their debut full-length record, Burn this World, last year and are currently on tour with Design the Skyline and From Atlantis. As far as the concert went, I did not pay any attention to the local bands because I was too preoccupied with chatting. Having not seen or even heard

of From Atlantis before, I found them to be quite good. They are a hardcore band (like all of the local bands), but the local bands sounded mediocre and unoriginal. From Atlantis were surprisingly heavy and had some pretty decent breakdowns. The Browning followed and were easily the best band of the night, which speaks volumes considering they are more of a metal band with occasional breakdowns rather than a heavier hardcore band. They played a lot of their hits including “Standing on the Edge,” “Time Will Tell,” and “Ashamed.” The Browning had the crowd rocking. There were not a lot of kids at the show all together, but with the exception of the fans supporting their local bands, The Browning had the biggest crowd out of every band that night. Design the Skyline, the headliners, only had four in the crowd. All in all it was a great show (even though it was cut short due to Allentown's city curfew), and my friends and I are on the Browning's guest list for life – it pays to buy pizza for the band.

Album Review: “Noctourniquet” Luke Helker Staff Writer

A small bronze cast sculpture created by a senior studen, meant to replicate the look of a birds nest.


Taking a wild ride through the many odd short stories of “Merciful Flush” Dan Lancelotti Staff Writer

I got a chance to read some sections from the short story compilation Merciful Flush by Lance Manion. I had no idea what to expect from these stories and but I think that only enhanced my enjoyment of them as I read on. Some of the stories can seem offputting, but once you realize the black humor and tone of them they become more interesting. Short stories can be difficult to write as you have a limited amount of space to bring the reader into the story. The author need to flesh the character out and tell their story at the same time. What's interesting is that each main character has a sort of angry, cynical tone which is also funny. They are off-putting but also entertaining, you can't look away. Here is a very brief summery along with my reaction to each story. Happy to Help This was the first story in the sample I was given, and if it's not the first one in the story it should be because it does a great job of setting the tone. A person sees a couple standing over their dead dog and tries to help them. This person sees them self as someone that is good in these situations and pulls over to help them out. What follows is an uncomfortable

series of exchanges between these people as the main character says more and more terrible things while attempting to consul the couple. This might be my favorite. Mall Ghosts This one tells the story of a person sitting a good court who may or may not be having an encounter with a ghost. This one was a little weak, but the "ghost" is entertaining enough to make this a worthwhile read. Venus de Gilligan A person is stranded on a desert island and has strange thoughts about a stripper he wished he'd gotten to know. Oh, and his middle name is Gilligan and he has fantasies about Mrs. Howell. This is an interesting trip into the psyche of someone in isolation. The Amazing Spider-Man A person is bringing their recyclables out when they spot a spider building a web before the storm. He yells out the spider and mocks it telling it that a storm will destroy the web, and that the labor is pointless. A psychological battle between man and spider ensues. For the Birds This one is pretty strange. A man finds an mascot uniform of a bird that he stole from a trivial high school. He puts it on and begins to parade around with it scaring people in the state park with it. This is a longer one that

builds up towards a crazy ending. Uncontructionalism This doesn't even feel like a story but rather a rant about a guy that wants to take a contracting job and then steal the doors and windows off of a house. He gets more twisted with it as time goes on as he breaks down the steps of steeling them and then the reaction of the people he stole from. He doesn't want money, or even the doors, he just wants to make people angry. The person reminds me of the Joker from Batman. Both just want to cause chaos.

Winter Sucks This is a classic take on the boyfriend and father dynamic. Boyfriend comes to get daughter and the father doesn't like the boyfriend, but there is a bit of a twist. They sit in the living room and both are very frank with one another. I won't spoil anything here but the conversation is both disturbing and funny. If you enjoy black humor then definitely give this short story compilation a read. Merciful Flush will be released April 23rd.


The short story Venus de Gilligan features a main character whose middle name is Gilligan. He dreams of Mrs. Howell.

This is the sixth album from progressive/psychedelic rock band The Mars Volta. I will be really blunt, I like The Mars Volta a lot, but I prefer At The Drive-In any day of the week and I really want them to reunite, so I am a little biased towards this band. It is nothing against the band at all, as you will soon see. However, I just remembered that at the Drive-In has reunited because they are playing Coachella this summer along with a few other European festival appearances, so that is good except I will not have the opportunity to see them. The Mars Volta have made a name for themselves by being extremely bizarre thanks to the brilliance of guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. There are elements of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, and Latin Music within their music and yet wrapped together with the complexity and rhythmic accuracy of a math rock band. Despite the fact that the band has had multiple member swaps over the years, every member is extremely proficient on their instrument and the band is incredibly tight. Like I said before, the band are extremely bizarre and I feel like what they play is a bit of an acquired taste, but once you have acquired it, I do not think you would ever be disappointed with them. I started getting into the band in 2008 with the release of Bedlam in Goliath, and I have since never been disappointed with the band. However, I do feel like their experimentalist attitude gets the best of them sometimes and I do not really need a nine minute bassoon solo on record. It is cool, but a little overcooked and I was kind of disappointed when I saw them live opening for Soundgarden’s

reunion show at Festival Pier last July. The band started off really strong, but their set dipped and got very drawn out to the point where I did not really know if they had changed to a different song or if they were trying to stay in some sort of groove. But that is just The Mars Volta though and I guess you just have to accept them for what they are. Enough of that, how about an album review? Noctourniquet is marvelously technical and brilliant, yet slightly somber with little joy on the surface. From the visceral electronic display of “Lapoochka,” to the usual retro-jazz “Dyslexicon,” the band display a fierce array of technically demanding riffs, intricate solos, and a rockopera vibe to nail it all together. If you know what The Mars Volta is all about, then the only thing that will surprise you is how they are able to continuously create such brilliant soundscapes and melodic journeys, while being fresh and exciting with every album. This highly anticipated new album should more than satisfy the ears of the eager listeners awaiting to hear what The Mars Volta have to offer. Some standout tracks include “Lapochka,” “Dyslexicon,” “The Malkin Jewel,” and “Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound,” which is arguably the band’s most and least accessible song to date. All in all, it is a really good album that I would highly recommend to anyone who is not just a casual music fan. You really have to be a certain type of music fan to get this band, but if you do, you will not be disappointed.

THE SNAPPER Arts&Culture 17 March 29, 2012

“Mass Effect 3”: End of the journey Rachael Ward Arts&Culture Editor

It is the beginning of the end for Bioware’s space opera. With the long awaited arrival of the Reapers, Earth has become their first target in a mass galactic genocide. Once again it is up to Commander Shepard to rally what forces remain and take the

the galaxy to find allies that are willing to stand together and take the Reapers head on.

This installment is definitely the climax of the story overall. With the stakes this high and a lot to do, can keep your wide-awake with adrenaline. If you have carried over saved data from games one and two, you will be surprised on who you will meet in

might recognize how Mass Effect 3 works as a shooter. While Mass Effect 2 found a working formula for these sequences, Mass Effect 3 has perfected them, giving players the ability to bash enemies along with shooting them. Ducking behind cover is a good way to save your life made a lot easier in this game, even giving you the option to shoot as you move between cover. Though it is


Commander Shepard looks on as the Reapers attempt to destroy everything he holds dear. Reapers head on, to save not only Earth but also the entire interstellar society. For people who do not entirely know what the Mass Effect story is about, lets fill you in. You play Commander Shepard, a soldier of the Human Alliance who has become the first human Specter agent, a sort of galactic secret agent for the government of the various alien races. Depending on your preferences, Shepard can be a male or female and can be modified to look how you want. Through the last two games, Shepard has learned of an ancient race of living ships called the Reapers that return to the galaxy every billions of years to destroy the most advanced civilizations and harvest their populace. While their reasons for doing this is unclear, Shepard along with his/her steadfast crew have given their all to delay the Reapers from returning for as long as they can, and hopefully find a way to destroy them. At the beginning of Mass Effect 3, time has run out and the Reapers have come in force. Narrowly escaping Earth, it is up to Commander Shepard (and the player) to travel

this game since everyone gets to make a comeback, however briefly sometimes. As usual for Bioware games, the writing for the story and dialogue is top tier, with an amazing orchestral and techno score to make the story more like a movie than a game. Decisions, the staple of this series, are just as strong in this game if not more so. As you play politician to unite these varying and sometimes hostile alien races under the same banner you need to be careful of whom you please and whom you tick off. You need to think carefully on the alliances you make and how they will best serve in the long run. Some of these alliances can depend on who you befriended or helped in previous installments. A person you helped will remember their debt to you and will come to your aid as opposed to if you refused to help them or got them killed. That way playing the three games multiple times is encouraged for different endings or different moments that are available. The second half of Mass Effect 3 is the shooter gameplay. People who have played Gears of War

not without its issues. Sometimes you can struggle to get Shepard to take cover, which can result in you having to reload your save again. Though this problem does not occur too often. Another major aspect of single player campaign is gathering war assets. While there are events in the main story that will help you with this, there are many side quests available that will give you an added edge for the final battle at Earth. Some of these side quests will require you to travel through various parts of the galaxy and scan planets to find hidden assets. Before the players of Mass Effect 2 begin to moan, relax the scanning system has also been improved somewhat. Instead of scanning single planets for hours to get resources, you simple send out a signal as you travel and find planets that have an asset of value and pick it up. Normally one asset per planet. However, you have to be careful when you do this because if you do it too much, Reapers will be alerted to your presence and will try to catch you. It is possible to escape them by retreated through a Mass Relay or jump to another part of the

and Rue form an alliance, audiences can see that the their relationship is more of a sisterly bond, where Katniss feels she has the responsibility to protect Rue. As their relationship grows, audiences’ hearts go out to the little girl, which makes her death more devastating. Lawrence again truly conveys Katniss through the suffering she expresses during Rue’s death. As the tributes prepare for the games, they are each mentored by a previous victor from their own district. For District 12, Katniss and the male tribute, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), are mentored by Haymitch (Woody Harrelson). Fans of the novel should not be disappointed with Harrelson’s depiction of Haymitch. He easily pulled off Haymitch’s disheveled character, often times drunk and sarcastic, yet lighthearted and rather lovable. Yet Haymitch was not the only character who made an impression on audiences. Stanley Tucci’s depiction of

Caesar Flickerman, the host of the Hunger Games, was truly brilliant. When Tucci comes on screen to interview the tributes, he automatically captures audiences with his charisma. Blue hair and all, Tucci’s character cannot help but make you laugh and smile. A major aspect of the novel is the love triangle between Katniss, her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and Peeta. Fans, therefore, may be disappointed by the underdevelopment of this love triangle in the film. Considering the novel is written in first person, it is sometimes difficult to portray Katniss’ emotions. However, as the movie unfolds, you can see the struggle she has with her feelings for Peeta. Lawrence does a good job at displaying Katniss’ effort to put on a show for all of Panem that she is in love with Peeta, especially while she nurses him back to health in the cave. At the same time, Lawrence does a fine job at slowly revealing her love and care for Peeta when she thinks

galaxy, but getting caught means game over. With the release of Mass Effect 3, Bioware introduces multiplayer to the franchise which handles much like the single player combat. Though it is fun to work together with friends to take down enemies, the only gameplay option is hoard mode. It almost feels that this part of the game was just slapped on at the last minute since this could have been an excellent part of the game. Another odd discovery is that the more session a person plays on multiplayer, the higher their war assets. It seems odd that Bioware would make multiplayer almost mandatory for a franchise that has always been based on single player. Mass Effect 3 is also compatible to Xbox Kinect, which is fun but more so for the firefights than the dialogue choices, namely because this makes giving orders to your squad mates easier. With a game that offers so much you think fans would be head over heels for this game right? Unfortunately that is not the case. Since its release, players who have reached the game’s ending have been outraged for what they received after all their hard work and dedication to this franchise. Whether this was always Bioware’s intention or not still remains to be seen, but they have said that they are always listening to player feedback and will be releasing downloadable content in the next few months. Will this be a new ending for those who demanded it? Such a claim has yet to be made by the games creators, however it has not stopped the passion of fans who demand a more conclusive ending to a story that they have come to care for. In a way, this outcry from the fans is actually to the franchise’s benefit since it has proven that those who have stuck with this game for all three installments have come to love this story and its characters. Even to the point that they felt that what they were given didn’t given enough respect to this expansive sci-fi universe. Was the game able to live up to the hype prior to release? Not entirely. Is the last 10 minutes enough of downer to not play the game? Absolutely not. Despite the issues that are clearly visible, this game trilogy is like nothing the world has ever seen before and is more than worth its expensive price tag. Bioware has done an amazing job to give us a ‘create your own story’ RPG and does an amazing job making all your decisions count where they matter (though I’m sure fans would argue that). If you haven’t had the chance to play this game series before, now is the time to start and see what story you create.

Safe House


A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe

The Vow

Project X

John Carter

Wrath of the Titans

Act of Valor

PG-13 memory loss, her husband Leo

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(Tatum) works to win her heart again.





3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians.

Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

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12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:10, 3:40, 4:10, 4:40, 5:10, take her younger sister's place 6:20, 6:50, for the latest match. 7:20, 7:50, 8:20 Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl

from the twelve districts to fight The Hunger to the death on live television, Games PG-13 Katniss Everdeen volunteers to

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

The Artist

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the

PG girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the creature who fights to protect his world. Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking

PG-13 pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Silent House

Mirror Mirror



Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

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“The Hunger Games:” the odds are in favor to those who can survive Olivia Synoracki Staff Writer

The Hunger Games, which opened nationwide in theaters on March 23, has lived up to the hype. The film, which captures Suzanne Collins’ novel, takes place 74 years after the 13 districts of Panem attempted to rebel against the Capitol. As punishment for the rebellion, the Capitol invented the Hunger Games, where one male and one female from each district are sent into an arena as tribute to fight to the death until there is one victor. From the very first scene in the film, audiences are captivated by Jennifer Lawrence’s vivid portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. We first see the real Katniss when she volunteers to take her sister Prim’s (Willow Shields) place as tribute in the games. From then on, Lawrence precisely expresses Katniss’ character. Specific scenes that stand out are those with Rue (Amandla Stenberg), the young tribute from District 11. When Katniss

he dies by eating poisonous berries. Although we do not get to see much of Gale throughout the film, we do get to see his reaction to Katniss and Peeta’s first kiss. Despite the fact that this was added to form the love triangle, the scene was somewhat laughable and audiences could not help but snicker. However, we do get to see a strong moment in Katniss and Gale’s relationship when she returns to District 12 and they give one another a look of longing, yet you can easily see Gale’s contempt. Overall the movie stays true to the novel, keeping many details that are specific to the book. Understandably, there were some changes that had to be made in order to keep the film at a decent length. While comparing it to the novel, audiences would have to agree that the events which took place on page definitely came to life on screen. On that note, Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Katniss Everdeen prepares to fight and kill the other 23 tributes in the 74th Hunger Games.


March 29, 2012

Men’s soccer finalizes dates for boys’ summer camps AUBREY SCHWALM Sports Editor

Soccer season is never over around Millersville. The men’s soccer team will be holding an overnight residential camp for boys. The overnight camp will be running from July 15-18. There will be a second boy’s day camp that will also be in July from the 16-19. To be more specific, the first overnight camp held from July 15-18 is for boys 12-18 years old. At the first camp there will be both a technical field and tactical field session. There will be a game day segment each day as well. The camp will last for four days and will involve extensive training. During the camp participants will work on position specific training and small sided games. There will be an agility session that will involve footwork/speed training. On the defensive end, a goalkeeper session will be given during every session. All participants in the overnight boy’s camp will be given a t-shirt and a ball. There will be skill competitions during the camp and those who win will be awarded trophies. To inform prospective participants and families, the cost of the overnight camp is $430.00. Those who wish to commute to the camp daily will pay a fee of $370.

The second camp will be held from July 16-19. Those who can participate in the day camp are boys who are ages 814. There will be two different sessions that will be held each day. Speed/agility and quickness training will be held, as well as technical training and small sided games. Those who are interested in this will all get a t-shirt and ball. Participants who win skill competitions will receive awards. The day camp will cost $160.00. However, for those who are interested there will be family and early discounts available. Both clinics will be conducted by the men’s head soccer coach, Steve Widdowson. Widdowson has had much success in his coaching career here at Millersville. This past soccer season, he coached the Marauders to their first PSAC Tournament Championship. The team also traveled to Pensicola, Florida, where they made their first-ever trip to the NCAA Semifinals. During his six years on the sidelines coaching the Marauder men’s soccer team, he has made some astounding accomplishments. He accumulated two NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships, one PSAC Championship, five consecutive PSAC Tournament appearances, two PSAC Eastern Division Championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances, and the most recent NCAA Semifinal ap-


The men’s soccer team is willing to share their tips and tricks that have led to their success this past Fall 2011 season. pearance. Widdowson has also guided the Marauders to its first No.1 ranking in November of 2009. The Marauder coach has been personally awarded as the

two-time NSCAA Atlantic Region and PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year. His coaching style goes well noted since he has produced two All-Americans. Aside from that, he

back with two consecutive goals that lead to a five-goal streak and an eight-point lead going into halftime. The Marauders came out strong in the second half with three goals by Karen Illuminati, Fisher and Henderson. Mercy began to fight back with two back-to-back goals from Keri Watson and Darnulc. Millersville’s Ruth Costanzo’s unassisted goal was the last point on the board for the Marauders. Mercy led a final charge in the last five minutes, desperately trying to diminish Millersville’s 11-point lead. The Mavericks scored four

consecutive unanswered goals but could not capture the lead. The Marauders captured their third-straight win with a 17-10 final score. Marauder goalkeeper Lauren Mateja had nine saves against her former team since she transferred last season. Midfielder Henderson had another standout offensive performance with four goals. Attack players Kehring and Fisher both had outstanding offensive performances, each scoring hat tricks. The Marauders host the next game against Lock Haven at 4 P.M. on Tuesday, March 20.

Women’s lacrosse pulls ahead scoring seven unanswered goals

helped 18 All-PSAC selections and 19 All-Atlantic Region honorees. He had two PSAC East Athletes of the Year and one PSAC Rookie of the Year. This is a camp that will benefit

young, uprising soccer stars. Please mark your calendars because you do not want to miss these two great camp opportunities.

Ashley Henderson Lacrosse When did you get involved with lacrosse? “I started playing lacrosse in third grade for the Ridley lacrosse youth league.”


What do you like to do in your free time? “It is weird because in lacrosse season we have no spare time, but if we do I am usually spending it with my teammates and closest friends here at MU just hanging out basically doing the most random things! Also, I LOVE riding around on my purple motor scooter.”

The women’s lacrosse team has now won their third straight.


The Millersville women’s lacrosse team won its thirdstraight game on Saturday’s home opener against Mercy, 1710. Sophomore attack Brooke Fisher scored the first goal of the game on a free position shot. Mercy fired back with two consecutive goals, taking a temporary lead. Over the next fifteen min-

utes, Millersville went on to score seven unanswered goals taking an 8-2 lead. Fisher, assisted by Ashley Henderson, kicked off the scoring streak followed by goals from Caitlin Shannon, Hannah Vogel, Kathryn Kehring, Becky Donkin and two from Henderson. With less than eight minutes to go in the first half, Mercy’s Jule Darnulc scored two consecutive goals to cut the Marauder’s lead down to four. Millersville’s Kehring answered


Mateja managed to stop nine different shots on Saturday.

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What are your future plans? “After my sernior year I plan on moving to California if i do not get my Masters here at Millersville right away. If I decided to get my Masters, I plan to still move to California after that. Luckily with my major being so broad and the fact I've been playing lacrosse since third grade, I'll be able to do exactly what i want in a place I've always wanted to live!” Who is your biggest influence? “ I wouldn't really say a certain team or professional team are my biggest influences. My influences are actually my teammates. As much as I feel a part of a team, I feel more so a part of a family, which is what our team is. But i think above all my biggest influence has had to be my two coaches Mia Hall (Gambino) and Joann Caminiti . With our new coach, Mia Hall, coming in she was immediately a positive force and truly believed in us. She came in and actually wanted to establish a trust with us that made us feel she was in this wholeheartedly and to not only better us as lacrosse payers but to better ourselves as people. Joann and Mia played together in college and are actually best friends. Joann has actually been coaching here for the last 5 years. Since I came to Millersville as a freshman, she has always been one secure, rock solid per-


son in my life where I knew I could always come to her and she would be there for me whether it be with lacrosse related issues or something I may have been dealing with in my life. Watching Mia and Jo coach together, you can see why they are best friends and even more so why they are amazing coaches. Even though Mia Hall has only been here since mid August, she has been the greatest blessing to have happened to our team, not only for our lacrosse program but for our athletic department and university as well. I believe nowadays it is really hard to come by really goodhearted, genuine people and I can't say that our new coach hasn't been anything but that. Mia and Joann in my eyes are true examples of amazing coaches because they care about us not only as their athletes but as a part of their family and truly want the best for us on and off the field. They are truly two huge role models I am absolutely grateful to have in my life.” What is your biggest accomplishment in lacrosse so far? “My biggest accomplishment is being able to go out every day and play with a team that wants to get better and work as a team to actually achieve a common goal. I love my team and the biggest accomplishment for me is them!”


March 29, 2012

Softball goes 1-1 against ESU Sarah Bertoni throws CHRIS NORTON Associate Sports Editor After a loss in the first game of their split with East Stroudsburg, Millersville found a spark to win the second, improving their record to 9-15 (2-2 in PSAC East) for the season. Batting became the obstacle to

and a leadoff single by freshman Ashley Cantiello. The starting pitcher for Millersville was Alicia Hughes, whose loss dropped her record to 2-6 for the season. In her four innings of pitching, she allowed two earned runs, four hits, and only one strikeout. East Stroudsburg scored their first run in the third in-


The Marauders’ overcame their loss to win their second. overcome in their first match against the Warriors, with starting pitcher Taylor Webb throwing a two-hit shutout to silence the Marauders with a 5-0 victory. The two hits came from a double by senior Ally Homa,

ning when Kacie Killeen took Hughes deep, initiating a barrage of shut-down pitches from Webb. However, the Marauders would find success in seeking revenge in the second game,

winning by a score of 3-2. Millersville was again assisted by a strong showing from freshman pitcher Sarah Bertoni, who gave the team her fourth straight admirable start. She pitched a total of five innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, and striking out four. Her record now stands at a team-high of 4-7. Cantiello stepped in as closer, recording her first collegiate save, pitching 1.2 innings of relief for Bertoni. The freshman allowed only one hit while striking out two. The Marauder’s offense found a seem in East Stroudsburg’s defense early, scoring three runs on three hits which were aided by two Warrior errors. The score was already set with a 3-0 lead before Bertoni ever took the mound. Their first run came on an error by East Stroudsburg catcher Alex Schubert with the bases loaded, allowing Homa to cross home plate after she singled to start the game. Millersville’s final two runs were earned off of Warrior starter Laura Suits came on a two-out, two-run single by Emily Sneeringer. Allison Chew also contributed to the Marauder offense vastly by getting on base in each of her three appearances at bat, tallying one hit and two walks. The Marauders are currently battling through an eight-game road trip, with only four remaining. The team has been playing with great improvement since their 1-12 start on the season, winning eight of their last eleven games. They now have a four-day stretch before going back on the road Wednesday to face Georgia Court in a doubleheader on March 28.

her way to receive PSAC East Pitcher of the Week


Bertoni’s outstanding performances did not go unrecognized in her last couple of games.

Attention: Tennis schedule change KAYLEE DUGAN Sports Writer

Preetham Moras Men’s Golf


The tennis team is anxious to continue their season and look to dominate their division.

The Millersville University Women’s Tennis team was supposed to face Goldey Beacom College on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at McComsey tennis courts in Millersville. However, Mother Nature did not want this match to happen quite yet. With the temperature at 59 degrees and a little over a quarter inch of rain the game was postponed with a future date to be determined. The Marauders take on Cheney University next on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3 P.M. in Cheney, PA. The next home game is Saturday, March 31 against Shippensburg University at 11 A.M. at the McComsey tennis courts.

Men’s baseball squad strikes out! ESTELLE REIDLER Sports Writer


What is your major? Business Management When did you start playing Tennis? Age 9 What do you like to do in your spare time? Music, watch TV shows What are your future plans? Study Sport Management Graduate program here at MU

Do you follow professional Tennis? Yes, I try to follow as much as I can. If so, who is your biggest influence? Rafael Nadal What is your biggest accomplishment in Tennis? Winning 3 Gold medals for the Keystone Games last summer.

On Friday, March 23 the Marauders faced off against the Shippensburg Red Raiders at Fairchild Field. On their home turf the Raiders kept Millersville at bay and defeated the Marauders in both games. The first game's score was 5-2 and the second game was 7-4. Three of Shippensburg’s runs came off of Millersville senior pitcher Brooks Rothschild in the first inning. In the first inning the Marauders were able to score a single run but they were only able to collect six hits during the entire game, and after a solo homerun from senior Chris Edgar, the Marauders became locked in a 2-run game. The game ended in a score of 5-2. After a disappointing first game, the Millersville Marauders tried to come back but their performance was just as lackluster as the previous game. Rothschild was replaced as starting pitcher by junior Brian Black, who allowed just one run in the first inning but then allowed the Raiders to breeze by him in the third. Shippensburg earned 4 runs in the third inning. Millersville was able to score single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.


The Marauders look to recover from their two consecutive losses by overcoming the fall.

The Snapper


Softball evens wins and losses vs. ESU Page 18

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Both golf team’s invitational Baseball records performances are a hole in one double the losses

Millersville was not able to rally for a run during this game and the game ended in favor of the Raiders 5-0. In game two the Raiders scored two runs in the first inning off of sophomore pitcher Tim Mayza. While pitching, Mayza kept Shippensburg from scoring again until the fourth inning, when he had to be taken out of the game due to injury. Millersville got on the board in the third on a RBI ground out from senior Mike August. Junior Jeff Heisey also earned a run on an RBI single for Millersville during the fourth inning. The Marauders came down to a bases loaded situation after an RBI single from freshman Kurt Seiders, but Shippensburg’s pitcher kept them from capitalizing on the event. The game ended with a Raider victory after a score of 4-3.


After their upset against Shippensburg on Friday, March 23 the Marauders faced the Red Raiders on their home field after Saturday’s game day was rescheduled for Sunday, March 25. Millersville found themselves suffering defeat again though, with game scores of 5-0 and 4-3. Starting pitcher for the Marauders, senior Mike McMonagle, had just as hard a time containing the Raiders as his teammates did during Friday’s game at Fairchild Field. McMonagle allowed one run in the first inning and two in each the third and fourth. For the course of the game Shippensburg earned their five runs on just seven hits and a walk.


The men’s golf team took first place at the Eastern University Invitational, while the women’s placed in the top-ten twice.


Associate Sports Editor

At the Eastern University Invitational on Monday, both the men’s and women’s golf teams had superb performances with four top-ten finishers on the Men’s team as they went on to take first place; it was their first title since 2009. Freshman Rachel Yurchak and sophomore Amber Rohrer of the Women’s team both placed within the top-ten of their tournament as well. The men bested a total of six teams and golfers from the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore with a 32-over-par

at the White Manor Country Club course. The Marauders had not won a title since their first place victory at the Wheeling Jesuit Invitational in 2009. Freshman Conor Gilbert was among the top players, placing second behind Penn’s Austin Powell. Gilbert shot a team-high 2-over-par. Senior Shane Henry tied for fifth place amongst the 41 players, as he went on to shoot 9-over. Fellow senior Brian Cooper was not far behind, as he placed seventh shooting just one behind Henry. As the team’s last remaining top-ten player, senior Jeff

Stokes tied for eighth. Both Jonathan Heile and Tim See tied for 19th, and Robert Coyne placed 27th for the Marauder’s last standings. They begin the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell College Golf Tournament on March 31 in West Chester as the team looks to play with the boldness they did at Eastern University. With two top-ten placements in their tournament, the women’s team had an equally impressive performance as the men’s. Yurchak placed fifth out of a total of 24 players on Monday, shooting 29-over-par at the White Manor Country Club. Rohrer was only three shots

and three spots behind placing eighth. She has now managed to place within the top-ten in the last 5 of 6 tournaments this year, setting the bar for her peers. Despite their well-played games, Alvernia took first place as a team. The women’s next match is March 31 for the Kutztown University Invitational. Their following game marks the start of their 2 day event at the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell College Golf Tournament. With both the men’s and women’s Golf teams flourishing, their season’s future looks to have promising results.


The Marauders lost both game in their Shippensburg split.

Men’s rugby team has LAX nets a loss against IUP a stunning weekend execution at Widener KAYLEE DUGAN Sports Writer

BRIAN CORRIGAN Sports Writer After coming off of a tough loss to Princeton last week, Millersville men’s rugby would get back to their winning ways with a 42-17 win over Widener University. In a non-traditional three 30 minute period game (instead of two 40 minute halves) due to lack of players from Widener, Millersville would jump ahead

22-0 at the end of the first period. Senior eight man, Dante Ngo, would get the scoring started for the Ville within the first five minutes as he broke off a maul and scored a try. “We were scoring with our backs and forwards and overall played to our strengths. A lot of different people were scoring tries and it was a great team effort,” said Ngo. On the very next kickoff senior winger John Wynder would receive a pass and blow by the


The Rugby team outscored Widener by a total of 25 points.

Widener defense, putting Millersville ahead 10-0. The Ville would continue scoring throughout the first period with two more tries from senior prop Brian Corrigan and freshman scrumhalf Scott Reid. Reid would go on to be the man of the match for Millersville, an honor given out by head coach Bryan Hynes after every game. By the second period Millersville put in their backups and still continued to give Widener fits. Sophmore Nick Hale would put Millersville ahead 27-5 after receiving a spectacular off load from Reid. Widener would score twice in the period, closing it out at 2710. “Scotty [Reid] played the best game of his young career so far. Smart decisions along with accurate passes definitely helped to spark our offense, which was pretty stagnant last week,” said Hynes. Millersville’s depth would continue to wear down Widener in the final period, and with tries from junior winger Brien Nunn and junior fly half Ben Hassinger, the Ville would raise their lead 37-10. Widener would find the try zone one more time with around 10 minutes left in the match. However, Millersville would get the final points of the match with a try from prop Eric French in the last minutes of the game, ending the match 42-17. Millersville will travel to York College to take on one of their oldest rivals Saturday at 1 P.M.

The Millersville Women’s Lacrosse team took on IUP in Indiana, PA on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The MU lacrosse team lost for the first time in four games, breaking their winning streak. The Marauders waited till IUP was up five points till they finally scored with an unassisted goal from Hannah Vogel. The Crimson Hawks scored a few more before Caitlin Shannon scored on a position shot, putting the score at 7-2 IUP. IUP had

outshot the Marauders, leaving the score at 12-3 in the first half. Ashley Henderson opened the second half with a goal but the Hawks answered back with 3, putting the score at 15-4. Becky Donkin, Henderson and Shannon tried to rally with 3 consecutive goals, coming back with a score of 15-7. The Hawks came back once again to put their lead back to 10 points with a score of 17-7. During the final minutes a few goals went back and forth leaving the final score at 21-10 giving IUP the win. IUP outshot the marauders 44-

28 during regulation time, with Millersville turning the ball over 22 times during the game while IUP only had 11 turnovers. IUP had nine assists on their 21 goals while there were no recorded assists from the Marauders on their 10 goals. Millersville made good on 6 out of 7 free position shots with help from Henderson, scoring all three of her attempts and leading Millersville with four goals. The Marauders play again on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Slippery Rock, where they will take on The Rocks starting at 3 P.M.

Track and field refuse to lose at West Chester invite KELLY CAPIZZI Sports Writer

Millersville’s Track and Field team had a successful day on Saturday at the 2012 Golden Ram Collegiate Invitational at West Chester University. Ann Kovacs had the best finish of the day for a Marauder, taking first in the hammer throw with a 40.30meter toss. Kovacs took the school record in the hammer throw last weekend at the Shamrock Invitational. Another top finisher for the Marauders was Kelli Farris, who took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 36.57 meters. Farris also took fifth in the women’s shot put with a toss of 10.15 meters. Millersville’s women sprinters excelled on Saturday in the 4x100 as well as the 200-meter dash. The women’s 4x 100meter relay team of Mattie Conaboy, Abby Schneider, Erin Mason and Chrissy Savage took second with a finish of 50.30. Mason also took third in the 200meter dash with a 26.75 finish. Jessica Fritsche and Schneider

took fifth and sixth respectively in the 100 meter dash, finishing within 16 hundredths of a second of each other. Andrew Langston took sixth in

“Millersville’s women sprinters excelled on Saturday in the 4x100 as well as the 200-meter dash.” -Kelly Capizzi Sports Writer the 100-meter dash for Millersville’s men with a 11.45 finish. Millersville’s success continued with the 4x400 meter relay for both the women and men. The women Marauders' 4x400 team of Becky Novak, Megan Meyer, Erin Mason and Brittney Martin took second with a finish of 4:05.23 just behind Lincoln.

The men marauders 4x400 team of Chris Jackson, Sergey Grinev, Tayon Haygood and Jack Scanlin took a second place finish of 3:30.29 also just behind Lincoln. Hurdles were a strong event for Millersville. Ryan Griffith and Zach Kohler took third and fourth place respectively in the 110-meter hurdles. Keith Ogden took second in the 400meter hurdles with a finish of 55.59. Savage took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a finish of 1:06.78 for Millersville’s women. Finally, Millersville found success in distance events for both the men and women’s teams. Seth Hibbs secured a second place finish in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:04.74. Sarah Mulvey took fifth place in the women’s 1500-meter run with a time of 5:07.15. Michelle Blum took third in the 3000-meter run for Millersville women’s team with an 11:10.90 finish. After such success, the Marauders will split up next weekend between the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., and the Jim Taylor Invitational in Selinsgrove, PA.

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